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Spain: What Programme do we as Workers Need?

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    http://www.marxist.com/spain-what-programme-do-we-as-workers-need.htm Spain: What Programme do we as Workers
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 14, 2012

      Spain: What Programme do we as Workers
      Written by Lucha de Clases (Spain)Wednesday, 14 November 2012
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      Austerity isn�t working; in fact it is simply exacerbating the deep crisis
      that Spain finds itself in. None of the mainstream parties have come up
      with a programme that can put an end to this crisis. Here we publish the
      programme of the Spanish Marxists of *Lucha de

      [image: September 15. Photo: Pierre Rocke
      15. Photo: Pierre Rocke Castell[First published in
      14thSeptember 2012; translated by Sian Creely]

      The crisis of capitalism has revealed the solutions to the crisis that both
      the bourgeois and social democratic parties have reserved for workers and
      the poorest sections of society. In the context of Spain today, the only
      alternative that the capitalists and their political representatives can
      offer is for us to pay the loan-shark debts of big business and the banks
      with the real wealth that we as workers create.

      In Izquierda Unida (United Left) we as Lucha de Clases (Class Struggle) put
      forward the need to develop a programme that will meet the immediate
      interests of the working class and the poorest sections of society. Such a
      programme begins with the following points:

      - Get rid of the laws and counter-reforms being used against the working
      class � measures that have gone hand in hand with the cuts in social
      - No closure of any company. Any company that closes shall be
      immediately nationalised under the democratic control of the workers.
      - The introduction of a minimum wage of 1,000 Euros a month, the same as
      the minimum pension
      - The same amount of 1,000 Euros to be paid to every adult who is
      - The whole of the banking and finance sector should be nationalised
      into one public bank, not to absorb losses and to be promptly privatised
      again, as the PSOE and PP hope to do with the *Cajas* (Savings Banks),
      but rather to take control of all their assets and use them in the
      interests of the majority.
      - The banks hold a large quantity of empty housing. These should be
      nationalised and used to create a stock of social housing and rented out
      for no more than 10% of household income. Mortgage payments (past, present
      or future) should also be limited to no more than 10% of household income
      and should be frozen in cases of unemployment. In this way housing shall be
      guaranteed as a basic right.
      - A thorough investigation should be carried out into the banking system
      and into companies that have gone into �temporary receivership�: the
      accounts of such companies should be opened to the workers NOW, in order to
      discover where the profits went during the property bubble, and all of
      those involved in corruption scandals, illegal financing of political
      parties, etc. associated with the speculative bubble to be brought to
      justice. Such an investigation should be carried out by representatives of
      the Platform for those Affected by Mortgages, workers in the banking sector
      and their union representatives.
      - The Public Debt should be written off with small investors only
      compensated in cases of proven need.
      - Given the obvious incompetence and irresponsibility demonstrated by
      big business and bankers, we demand the nationalisation of the basic
      sectors of economy and industry, starting with the companies of the
      IBEX-35, compensating small savers and shareholders only in the case of
      proven need. Only in this way, by controlling these resources through the
      workers and the representatives elected by them in different companies,
      will the state be able to undertake a democratic plan of production to
      guarantee the well-being of the majority. In this way it would be possible
      to reduce the working day in order to share out the work that is available
      so that everyone is able to work 35 hours a week without loss of pay. At
      the same time, the state would have the power to undertake an ambitious
      plan of investment and public works in all sectors of the economy, to give
      work to the 5.6 million unemployed and make them economically active,
      thereby assuring better health, pensions and social services in general.
      - Decent public healthcare and education for everyone. Pensions and
      social rights for all residents of Spain.
      - Recognition of the democratic rights of the different nationalities of
      Spain, including the right to self-determination.
      - Another Europe is possible, a Europe that defends the overwhelming
      majority of the population. No to the Europe of the bankers and the rich!
      This is the mood that prevails in Greece, and is also what defeated Sarkozy
      in France. This idea can unite the immense majority of the current
      population of the EU. The only solution for Europe is the Socialist United
      States of Europe!

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