Spain: Populist Vox party establishes right-wing trade union that won’t ‘bow to the communists’

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The leader of the Spanish conservative-Christian VOX (Voice) party in Spain, Santiago Abascal, has announced the establishment of a new trade union called “Solidarity”. He emphasized that it will not “bow to the communists.”

In his opinion, current trade unions in Spain are ideologized, corrupt and controlled by oligarchs and obedient to the government.

Instead of serving workers, they serve Leftist ideologies, such as gender, feminism or ultra-ecology which has led to the closure of several companies.

This is why it is necessary to establish a new union, which will unite “non-communist workers” and protect their interests. It should not serve any party or ideology but protect the national economy and rights of Spanish employees and their families, as well as minor companies and the self-employed.

Abascal is also supported by another VOX activist – Javier Torres, who explained that the choice of the name of “Solidarity” was not accidental.

It was inspired by the Polish trade union “Solidarność” (Solidarity), which in the 1980s had the most impact on abolishing communism.

According to Abascal and his supporters, only such a union today would be able to make the first step in breaking up the turbo-liberal oligarchy system.

As a reminder, the original “Solidarity” was established 40 years ago, on Aug. 31, 1980, during strikes which erupted during communist Poland’s economic crisis.

Today’s coronavirus crisis has proven the weakness of the Spanish economy and the labor laws in that country. Social dissatisfaction is rising, and with it, the conviction that system changes are necessary.

Abascal believes that the union formula best suits it, as it is not an ideological platform.

VOX’s spokesman Jorge Buxade believes that Spaniards especially now need solidarity and unification for the defense of their interests.

Meanwhile, the Left and traditional trade unions are breaking up the Spanish community and keep on creating conflicts “between employees and employers, between the rich and the poor, between men and women, between Madrid and Catalonia.”

It turns out that during the 40th anniversary of establishing “Solidarity”, the Polish example can still inspire throughout the world, despite the different geopolitical context.

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