A new May 1: Only the united struggle of Chilean and migrant workers will face the crisis!

Two years after the start of the pandemic, we have been able to witness the consequences of the economic and social crisis at the international level, but it becomes essential to visualize more clearly how it has been developing in the region with its own characteristics to think about the construction of a favorable outcome for the workers. Precarious work, work stress and cost of living, is part of the panorama to which the pandemic has pushed the working class.

Faced with this, the region’s authorities have responded with lukewarm measures, such as, on the one hand, Mayor Gerardo Espindola of the Liberal Party, quickly and obediently bowed to measures such as the “employment protection law”, which in the city left more than 4,600 workers without their source of income.

At the same time, this measure led to the number of unemployed in the region increasing to 52.21% with the suspension of jobs, leaving many families living on half their salary, making use of their savings from the funds unemployment and leaving more than half of the region’s productive population without a formal employment contract.

Despite the fact that from the municipality with Espíndola at the head and as a whole, also from the Liberal Party with Vlado Mirosevic in parliament, they shouted pro-worker speeches, in fact in the midst of the pandemic it left primary health workers without sufficient personal protection elements to protect themselves from contagion and at the same time, 140 green area workers were left unemployed, because the contractor company, after a series of bad practices that mainly harmed the workers, abandoned the city leaving 140 families without a source of income. This as a consequence of the working conditions that the municipality allows, such as the subcontract.

Today another company takes over the Green Areas, but the Municipality continues to be an employer. Until recently, the workers demonstrated again for non-payment of their salaries. An important fact here is that the composition of the workers is also from a migrant sector and they have shown in all the mobilizations that the unity between local or foreign workers is more fundamental than any absurd difference regarding nationality or skin color. .

Not only did the authorities of the Municipality take a policy against the workers, voting laws that facilitated dismissals by large companies, the CUT was one of the main responsible for the fact that in the midst of the pandemic there was no line of defense. the living conditions of workers who were hit at the same time that a handful of super-rich increased their millions.

It becomes necessary for the workers to fight and conquer a new single trade union central, which brings together all sectors of workers, not only the unionized, but the entire sector that works informally, with precarious wages and conditions, without a contract or no basic rights such as health or education. A center to truly defend the interests of the workers and that proposes to advance for the conquest of all our rights.

Currently, the figures indicate that unemployment has been declining, but we need to ask ourselves more deeply what this means. Recently, one of the latest Labor Termometer bulletins, an initiative of the Sence Regional Labor Observatory, explained that 3 out of 10 people are in an informal work situation in the region, meaning that 32,566 workers have a job under informal conditions, which ultimately means more precarious work.

In all this context, some events that took place last week at the national level have been unfolding, which were the transport strikes, which among its participants were the truck owners characterized by their reactionary demands, for example “the elimination of the Comprehensive Sexual Education”, -which while maintaining objections to the moderate, limited and institutional policy of the Boric government- is a clear example that deep down they are against the rights of women and sexual dissidence. Another of their demands is “more benefits for Chileans, over foreigners”, with which they try to divide the oppressed into two factions and stir up a racist message.

At the same time, an organization calling itself “Arica defends Arica” ​​was set up in the region, which promoted a “strike against crime” targeting migrants as the only ones responsible, where in the same strike they were against the mobilization of sectors of the transport such as bus drivers who denounced the increase in fuel prices and improvements in public transport. It is not known for sure who is behind this citizen initiative, but on their social networks they defend politicians such as Juan Carlos Chinga of the National Renovation party, which is part of the right-wing coalition “Chile Vamos.”

But the question is who promotes these anti-immigrant speeches? The current Boric government has maintained Decree No. 265, which maintains the militarization of the border despite having concluded the state of emergency in the north. That is to say, it maintains repressive policies in the face of a problem that requires a very different solution and that has to do with not continuing to make way for the right and extreme right to gain ground, which is what this government continues to promote.

For his part, Vlado Mirosevic, regarding the fact that he voted against the fifth withdrawal, not listening to the population and its needs, also went from having a position in the Piñera government on the need to install emergency camps for migrants to voting the extension of the state of emergency in the north now with the Boric government. Given this, it is clear: The repressive solution and militarization are not a solution. Leaving in the hands of these institutions full of fraud and blood on their hands for human rights violations is certainly not.

For a commemoration of May 1 of struggle, organization, but above all internationalist. In the face of the crisis, let us build an alternative that seeks a way out on the left, favorable for the workers, from the struggles and break with capitalism. Native or foreign, the same working class! United we are capable of offering another way out of the crisis, regardless of class under a program where the crisis is paid by the capitalists!

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A new May 1: Only the united struggle of Chilean and migrant workers will face the crisis!