Publicado el 29 Aug 2021
It is becoming ever more pressing to recover March 8 as a day of class fight and recognition.
There are things in this country that are on the rise -apart from COVID-19 infections-: unemployment, queues for charity food, evictions, denials of the living income benefits, the privatization of health services, the precariousness of jobs, the attack on pensions, sexist violence in all its forms, police repression, television manipulation and the profits of the capitalist class.
Working women - employed or not - are, along with young people, the majority in the statistics of unemployment and precariousness. We are the majority of those who queue for food distribution, or at health centres for ourselves and our families, and those who apply to social services for help. We are the majority among cleaners, hotel chambermaids, home help aides, domestic assistants, caregivers for children and the elderly, seasonal workers in agriculture, those who receive the lowest pensions, those who bear the double burden of caring of our families and making a living in part-time jobs, with or without a contract.
We are the first ones in all this and, nevertheless, the last ones to be taken into account by the governments and, of course, also by those who exploit us.
While banks and companies are rescued with public money; while the Women's Institute organizes "discussions" to talk about "the systemic resistance to feminist advancement", the "redistribution of jobs, time and resources" or "weaving resistances in common", ...
Publicado el 15 Jul 2021
The degradation of healthcare in context.
Public services such as health services, education, nurseries, social support or nursing homes are part of the salary that we as workers receive collectively. So are pensions and unemployment benefits. They are not free services, but part of our salary that has been previously deducted from us in the form of social insurance’s contributions or taxes. Most of it comes from our own contributions in the form of income tax, VAT or special taxes. But it also comes from taxes and contributions applied to companies or capitalists to redistribute part of the work generated by us that they appropriated during the production process.
We cannot understand our salary without taking into account that the struggle of other workers in the past achieved the collectivization of all these services and benefits. If each worker had to pay for these expenses individually by hiring them to private companies -which only provide them if there is a benefit-, our living standard would go back a hundred years. Imagine having to mortgage your house (if you are lucky enough to have one) to be treated for cancer or losing all your retirement benefits if a stock market crash drains your pension fund. Unfortunately, there are already battles that many workers have given up for lost, such as the possibility that our older children receive university education or that the youngest kids or our elderly parents receive adequate care while we are working.
Publicado el 07 Jan 2021
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