Monday, April 14, 2008
PUERTA DE HIERRO HOSPITAL IN STRUGGLE:
The following article is translated from the website of the Spanish CGT, the largest anarcho-syndicalist union federation in the world....
The construction and commissioning of the Hospital of Majadahonda does not justify the closure of the Hospital Puerta de Hierro as they fail to provide adequate health coverage to all users in the area.
The new hospital of Majadahonda will be a government grant with administrative services privatized,and this will mean a cost to the public purse far greater than if it were entirely public.
The Ministry of Health and some Trade Unions (excepting the UGT and CGT) signed a transfer pact of (October 2004) and ,as a result thereof, the Directorate General of Human Resources at the Ministry of Health has issued a resolution dated 13 March 2008 which worsens the working conditions of staff in Puerta de Hierro (layoffs, increased hours, salary reductions, etc.) due to the outsourcing of all non-health services, which so far were directly managed by administration.
With all this the People's Party is still waiting in line to destroy the Public Health system and does not address the different types of users and workers who support a public health system and quality.
Since then we, the CGT, have begun a series of demonstrations, with the support of the majority of the staff, at the iron Hospital Gate iron to defend the rights of our colleagues. Also, we have been conducting demonstrations during the years of 2007/08 with the Residents' Associations in the area, Student Associations, UI(Izquierda Unida-United Left-Molly), PCE(Partido Comunista de Espana-Communist party of Spain-Molly) and UJCE(Union de Juventudes Comunistas de Espana-Young Communist Union of Spain-Molly). Defending the public health needs of the population involves the fight against privatization and the deteriorating quality of public health due to the policy pursued by Esperanza Aguirre in Madrid.
NOT THE END OF THE IRON DOOR!
IN DEFENSE OF OUR JOBS!
IN DEFENSE OF PUBLIC HEALTH!
Original Spanish text:¡El 8 marzo este año también cae en 8 de marzo!