USO La Rioja says “yes to employment, in capital letters” for May 1

USO La Rioja says “yes to employment, in capital letters” for May 1
USO La Rioja says “yes to employment, in capital letters” for May 1


He The USO union of La Rioja launched this Wednesday, on the occasion of the commemoration of May 1, a message in which it says “yes to employment, with capital letters.” A delegation from the union center participated today in the central event that was held this year in Gijón together with 9 other USO delegations from all over Spain.

In the message, a letter signed by the general secretary Luis María Miguel, points out that “a few days ago my heart broke when I heard a colleague in the union say that being a mother is getting harder and harder, I have to stretch my salaries until infinite to pay for fixed expenses – rent, electricity, telephones and extracurricular activities -, the 5 healthy school lunches and the 5 meals a day, with their 5 pieces of fruit, seven days a week.

Furthermore, the writing continues, “we have to be brave enough to tell the children, month after month, that we will buy the shoes they need when we get paid and that those clothes they complain so much about have to last another month. Working like this doesn’t pay, but you have to put up with whatever it takes.”

Miguel assures, therefore, that “we live in precarious times.” “Of economic precariousness – two salaries are often not enough to live on -, social precariousness – the discredit and disenchantment with politics, justice, unions or the press are increasing – precariousness of solidarity – our micro-problems are so many that , drop by drop, they drown us and we forget that at our side there is someone who needs us, who asks us for micro-help as great as a smile, an affectionate greeting or a coffee to talk and feel that we are not alone- and , of course, job insecurity”.

In La Rioja “there are companies that have not renewed their agreements for years and there are workers who continue with the same working conditions as a decade ago, with abusive hours and a toxic organization of the day.”

“In the name of rotation,” he points out, “workers change jobs from one day to the next; in the name of productivity, an ERTE is entered and exited through WhatsApp; in the name of labor improvements, new employment contracts are signed.” I work on Mondays knowing that on Friday they will dismiss you; or indefinite contracts that must be completed with another job because indefinite work means for a few days or for a few hours or due to the demands of so-called technological progress we force our elders to; to pay at ATMs, to those who have never connected to new technologies to carry out procedures with the Administration online and to the youngest to live from instructions that are given in QR codes.”

Thus, he remembers that “in 1886, in the city of Chicago, on May 1, the workers started a strike asking for something that seemed impossible: eight hours to work, eight hours to sleep and eight hours at home, the demand of the 19th century continues being valid in the 21st century”.

“1,744 hours per year, 38.5 hours per week, with schedules that respect rest time and allow work to be reconciled with basic personal needs – rest, healthy eating, leisure time, etc. – and family needs. From a humanistic vision of the work we have to claim that a contract is a formal pact that is signed with the employer and defended in court, and an implicit commitment in which each of the parties commits itself ethically.

“The worker, to comply with the requirements of his job category. The employer, to scrupulously respect the law. The Administration, to promote responsible policies regarding occupational safety, equal opportunities, economic remuneration, etc. and also undertakes to to enforce the law,” he says.

That is, “to equip ourselves with a body of labor inspectors who will ensure that prevention plans are not a dead letter, that hours outside of working hours are not an acquired right of some employers or that the worker’s responsibility is adjusted to their category.” labor; and guarantee that, after working life, we have constitutionally protected pensions that allow us to maintain real purchasing power, that no type of measure, whether cuts, tax increases, co-payments, or increases in the rates of basic services, will prevent us from working. deprived of a decent life.”

“Today, whatever the day may be; here, whatever the company; and now, in this historical moment that we have to live in; it is the time to ask, loud and clear, for a ‘Yes to EMPLOYMENT in capital letters’, which allows to the worker and his family to live to work and free him from the slavery of looking for several lowercase jobs to survive,” concludes Luis María Miguel’s writing.

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