Anarcho-syndicalists worldwide against Santander Bank

New IWA day of action against repression and outsourcing in Santander Bank, Isban and Panel Sistemas.

Last June 5th, a new day of international and class solidarity against Emilio Botín's multinationals took place. Several sections of the IWA showed that the real unionism is the workers themselves without leaders, horizontally organized, and without public or private subsidies.

This is the fourth international day of action supported by the IWA unions, since the conflict started in August 2013 by Madrid CNT-AIT Union of Telecommunications and Computer Services.

During the conflict, hundreds of solidarity actions took place in 13 different countries, including pickets, symbolic occupation of bank branches, cast of thousands leaflets, faxing, and e-mails and other boycott actions.

There were solidarity actions too in places like Dresden (Germany), where FAU organized protest actions, or Philadelphia (United States of America), where several anarcho-syndicalists visited the Santander Bank branch at 20th and Market streets for more than 90 minutes.

In Spain, there were lots of solidarity expressions. CNT-AIT unions from several places supported their fired comrade.

In Miranda de Ebro several branches were boycotted. In Granada CNT workers handed out leaflets in La Caleta.


In August 2013, the CNT-AIT section in Isban publically denounced illegal trafficking of staff from Panel Sistemas to Isban, IT services company owned by the Santander group.

This provokes the concealed dismissal of the union delegate, precarious worker illegally outsourced, wich is trasferred from Isban to the "meat trader" company Panel Sistemas. There he suffers harrasment from the board until he is definitively fired on last March 3rd 2014.

Revolutionary unions federated in the International Workers Association, have responded to the attack, demanding the reinstatement in Isban-Banco Santander of the dismissed worker where the multinational has its headquarters. Conflict has been spread worlwide in 12 different languages.

Isban has a network of companies, "meat traders", that provide cheap and precarious labour force for Banco Santander. It has more than 10,000 workers illegally outsourced from other companies, who can be fired at any minute without cost since they are not considered the bank's own employees.

Panel Sistemas is one of dozens companies making profits of illegal outsurcing for big "clients" engaged on massive steady job destruction such as Isban.

Workers are afraid they would be fired at the slightest protest, which causes them to accept surreal working hours, overtime and obligatory transfers, working schedules on behalf of the company, employment categories and salaries below the work performed...

Hundreds of irregular dismissals in the Santander group have mainly hit the most unprotected workers, with complicity of the government and yellow unions. Meanwhile, Santander group's net profit has risen up to 4,370,000,000 euros in 2013, almost doubling that of 2012.

Emilio Botín, Rodrigo Rato, Alfredo Sáenz, Jose María Amusátegui, and other high rank executives in Banco Santander have been accused of crimes before and even found guilty in first instances. But there has never been justice, thanks to legal chicanery such as famous "doctrina Botín".

Some of their most known outrages include continued tax evasion, irregular purchasing of banks such as Banesto or Totta and the collapse and later bailout of Bankia, multi-million severance packages for managers, the case of the Swiss bank accounts of the Botín family, sale of junk mortgages and assets, evictions and real estate speculation, charging of abusive interest rates, shady dealing with universities, participation in arms companies or in financial management of the terrible penitenciary system. A long list of crimes unpunished to date.

We will not shut up or resign ourselves. While there is exploitation and inequality we will stand up, united peers without subsidies or leaders. Fighting for our dignity and emancipation. Towards Social Revolution.


Sección sindical en Isban y Panel Sistemas

Sindicato de Telecomunicaciones y Servicios Informáticos
CNT-AIT Madrid

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