January 21, 2021

Common political front in A Coruña in the demonstration against the closure of Alcoa

Common political front in A Coruña in the demonstration against the closure of Alcoa



The massive demonstration in A Coruña on Saturday against the closure of Alcoa in this city and the Avilés has had the support of representatives of the PP, En Marea, PSdeG, BNG, Podemos and Atlantic Tide, which have coincided in claiming the withdrawal of the extinctive ERE, making a "common front" to prevent the North American multinational consumes its advertisement and leave nearly 700 people without employment.

The delegate of the Xunta in A Coruña, Ovidio Rodeiro, has called for a "joint work" between all institutions, and for asking Alcoa to lift the Government. He has defended to work, "also jointly with the Government of the State", for the establishment of a "clear normative framework" in energy, that is "clear and transparent", so that companies know "what they have to accept".

"If we are able to lift Alcoa up the ERE, and that the Government establishes that regulatory framework we can achieve important things," he added. In the same line, the PP candidate in A Coruña, Beatriz Mato, has claimed that the central government "take action on the matter."

For its part, the mayor of A Coruña, Xulio Ferreiro (Atlantic Tide), which intervened before the Delegation following the chairman of the Committee, recalled the unanimous agreement of the corporation made "seamless", against a closure of Alcoa which is an "unfair and unilateral decision". "Until this conflict is resolved all Coruñeses are going to be Alcoa workers," he proclaimed.

The deputy of En Marea in Congress, Yolanda Díaz, has appealed to the central government to resolve the conflict before the "indecency" of the closure of Alcoa. Also the spokesman for En Marea, Luís Villares, has asked Alcoa to return the public aid received and that "Spain runs games that were not executed in the last two years to stabilize the energy market", in addition to fixing "stable prices" for consumers and companies, facing "the electric oligopoly".

The general secretary of PSdeG, Gonzalo Caballero, has made, for his part, a "call to all organizations, and political parties for a line of action with national interest." "We want to work in a common defense front with the Government, the Xunta, trade unions and workers," he said, advancing that the Minister of Industry has given them that "the strategy is focused on maintaining employment."

From the BNG, the focus has been on the need for a Galician electricity tariff. The national spokesperson, Ana Pontoon, accused of "outraging" the "veto" that this claim of nationalists has received in Congress and has stressed that, before a Galician community in which energy production "has a very environmental and social cost high "," it is not logical and solidary that there is a risk in employment due to centralist and electric company interests ".

Its candidate to the municipal in A Coruña, Francisco Jorquera, has added that the city can not be allowed to add Alcoa to the list of "deaths" of emblematic companies in the city that have closed or have left their capital in foreign hands, such as Bank Pastor, Unión Fenosa, Caramelo, R, because he has to aspire to be the "economic engine of Galicia".

Representatives of Podemos have also participated in the demonstration. The deputy for the Confederal United-We can Group, Rafael Mayoral, has dismissed as "inadmissible" that the creation of a new Ministry of Industry ends up being used to "liquidate jobs".

The general secretary of Podemos in Aviles, Tania Gonzalez, has reported that the company received "one billion euros of aid", which was not used to modernize the factories but to factories in Saudi Arabia "with which they manufacture 122 times more that A Coruña and Avilés together ", and that responds" to the unsuccessful model of privatization of the PP and the PSOE ". He has requested that the Government buy Alcoa and imitate the "French model".

The deputy of Podemos, Antón Gómez-Reino, added that the Government has to "enter once and for all in the prices of energy."

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