NATIONAL LEADERS OF SI COBAS ARRESTED: A NEW, HIGHLY REPRESSIVE ATTACK ON UNIONS AND WORKERS' STRUGGLES

The national coordinator of the rank-and-file union SI Cobas has been placed under house arrest, together with three union organisers in the city of Piacenza, and two local organisers of the USB union. They are charged with "criminal association","private violence" (i.e. picketing warehouses during strikes), resistance to public official, sabotage and interruption of public service, in order to achieve advantages for the union members over and above the national collective agreement, and to achieve personal advantages. This attack is aimed at isolating combative workers of the logistic sector - who have carried out a long wave of strikes in the last decade, organised with SI Cobas - from the rest of the working class in a moment when wages are being battered by inflation spurred by the war and a strong, generalised struggle is needed. The state judicial and police apparatus also aim at criminalising strikes and pickets, and restoring monopoly powers for the official unions that have become a pillar of the system and are supporting the bosses' governments. Logistic workers have given a strong response with a general strike and demonstrations in more than a dozen cities. Next Saturday a national demonstration in Piacenza.

In attachment, a statement in English and a few photos

Roberto Luzzi

SI Cobas International Solidarity Committee

 

NATIONAL LEADERS OF SI COBAS ARRESTED

 

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For more information see website of SI Cobas

http://sicobas.org/

Solidarity messages mailto:

internaz.sicobas@gmail.com

 

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