New forms of work, same workers’ struggle

New forms of work, same workers’ struggle
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The pandemic has accelerated the digitization of many jobs. This evolution, which previously would have taken a decade, has been done in months. And that speed of change is causing disorders in workers, which the unions try to stop. This is one of the demands that the unions carry today, May 1, International Workers’ Dayto the streets.

The city of A Coruña hosts the central events of the unions in the community. The CIGwhich has the largest number of delegates in Galicia, will march starting at 12:00 from the Vigo Square. At the same time, UGT and CCOO will depart from To Palloza. CGT, CNT and the Elevation Union will do so at 12.30 from the Pontevedra Square. Demands for the new changes and their consequences will be present in all of them. They are new forms of work, but it is the same workers’ struggle.

“Technological innovations, digital transformation or the intervention of artificial in labor relations mean that we have to rethink the labor market and that we have to go to a phase where we can have jobs that allow us to have more of a personal life,” he explains. Ángel Iglesias, general secretary of UGT A Coruña.

In the same line, Cristóbal González, regional secretary of CCOO in A Coruña, recognizes that, in occupational , “the star issue is mental health.” “There has been a very important change in work relationships and technology and work have entered our homes. In the end we are in that ‘perform more, always perform’ and carrying the office in your pocket is a very high risk for mental health,” he says.

Xabier Filgueira, regional secretary of the CIG of A Coruña, points out that “digital disconnection should serve to improve people’s living conditions, and, however, we are seeing that the situation is not going that way. That is not what we want, because it does not contribute to improving people’s lives, but rather because capital continues to fill the bag as it is doing.” “Now we see banks with absolutely scandalous benefits when there are people who do not reach the minimum interprofessional salary. 33% of workers in Galicia do not reach the minimum interprofessional wage. “We are talking about 380,000 people,” he denounces.

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The IGC has called 16 protests throughout Galicia. The motto in all of them is Decent Work. For peace and sovereignty two people. Against imperialism. Filgueira draws attention to the fact that they have to ask for “decent work” in the 21st century. “We have gone back again. There is a historical regression. What was always said was that children inherited greater rights than parents, but that is no longer the case: now, children have worse socio-labor conditions than parents,” points out the regional secretary of the CIG of A Coruña and then adds that “It seems that we are closer to the 19th century in terms of labor rights than to the 21st century.”

CCOO and UGT will celebrate about one dozens of mobilizations throughout the community. They will march for “full employment”, which must happen, as they warn, through shorter hours and better salaries. Both unions also demand wage increases in a context of high company profits.

As for the claims about the city of A Coruñaand its regionÁngel Iglesias, from UGT, believes that they have to “recover industrial activity because without that industrial activity society is not complete.” “The economic fabric of the city and its region It is not complete without industrial activity. There are many opportunities for new industries, but we have to recover that industrial pulse,” he argues.

Cristóbal González, from CCOO, believes that the ICT City needs a greater boost than what it is currently having. “What is happening with the ICT City —he asks—why was it called to turn A Coruña into a hub for the generation of the new technological industry, but it hasn’t quite come to fruition? For the unionist, the green energy projects that are being developed.

For the city of A Coruña and its region, Xabier Filgueira, from the CIG, demands “an industrial plan, because A Coruña today is a city of services and we all know that the worst quality jobs are linked to this sector.” “We have to recover the industrial pulse of the region. And that is still a long way from being the case,” he concludes.

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