Sunday, June 20

Demonstrations in dozens of cities in Spain against pension cuts

Pensioners demonstrate in various cities in Spain.

Pensioners demonstrate in various cities in Spain.
Eloy Alonso / EFE

Collectives of pensioners have demonstrated this Saturday in 50 cities in defense of the public pension system and against reforms and cuts.

In Madrid, hundreds of protesters have gathered together with Marea Blanca at Puerta del Sol at around 12 noon. “Worthy pensions Now !; In defense of the Public Pension System”, pointed out some of the banners of those attending the rally.

The groups of pensioners they demand the guarantee of “public, dignified, fair and sufficient pensions” and not admit in the public system “neither cuts nor privatizations”.

On Valencia, the National Confederation of Labor has toured the historic center of the city to demand that the purchasing power of workers and pensioners “not diminish a penny”. “Living wages are the best way to have decent pensions”, the union has defended.

Pensioners have also demonstrated this Saturday in the streets of Barcelona against the Toledo Pact and in favor of public pensions. In Barcelona the concentration began at 10.30 am.

The protesters rthey proclaim the fulfillment of “the promises made to guarantee pensions and decent wages.” These include the repeal of the cuts to the pension reforms of 2011 and 2013 and the labor reforms of 2010 and 2012, but also “to ensure minimum public pensions and sufficient minimum wages that allow people without distinction of gender to have decent living conditions.”

Also they reject “the new cuts that are announced for 2021 to which the Toledo Pact has covered” and “that social contributions are privatized in private pension fundss, as the Minister (of Inclusion, Social Security and Migrations, José Luis) Escrivá intends with his proposal for private company pension plans “.

Pan European Pension Plan

Pensioners They have demanded that Parliament “immediately” launch an audit on Social Security that explains what the income and expenses of the system have been since its constitution in 1963.

Likewise, the protesters have denounced the “attempt to privatize” part of the Social Security contributions towards private pension funds.

In this context, the State Coordinator for the Defense of the Public Pension System (COESPE) has stressed that these mobilizations are not “the end point, but one more step to regain the prominence of citizenship against cuts and privatizations.”

“We see how the European Union tries to impose directives such as the Pan European Pension Plan (PPEP), who seek to turn the right to a decent pension into a financial business held captive by speculative banking. A private bank that continues to try to parasitize profits on the public sector at the expense of social rights “, has criticized the organization.

In his opinion, to justify this privatization “they try to build a false story about the unsustainability of the system, while charging it with improper expenses and reducing income by lowering the contributions that social security receives to increase the profits of the companies.” For COESPE, the system “is solvent and does not need more cuts, but rather to reverse the retrograde reforms imposed in recent years.” On the other hand, the organization has denounced the “disastrous” result of the privatization of health and nursing home services that have proven ineffective and deadly for tens of thousands of older people with the Covid-19 crisis.

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