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Anécdota minera / Mining anecdote

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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 4:37 am    Post subject: Anécdota minera / Mining anecdote Reply with quote

En los 60, después de 25 años sin sindicatos, por fin el gobierno franquista se dió cuenta de que los patronos y los trabajadores necesitaban un cauce de comunicación y se crearon los sindicatos verticales. La patronal sugería a unos cuantos trabajadores poco dados a crear conflictos y la plantilla tenía que votar para elegir a sus representates entre este grupo.
Cuentan que en la Mina Praón (Sta. Bárbara, SMRA) uno de los mineros más conocidos comentó que los del "Vertical" iban a arreglar tanto como la mula Platera y no se habló más del tema. Llegaron las elecciones sindicales y al hacer el recuento de votos en la mayoría de las papeletas ponía "Platera", la mula del tren. Laughing

Back in the 60's, after 25 years without labour unions, finally the Franco regime realized that employers and workers needed a channel of communication and thus the "vertical" Unions were created. (Vertical meaning that representatives were appointed from the "Top"). The employers would suggest several workers who were not given to create conflicts and the miners had to elect their representatives among this group.
I'm told that in the pit Mina Praón (Sta. Bárbara, S.Martín del Rey Aurelio) one of the best known miners mentioned that those guys from the "Vertical Union" would do just as much for them as the mule "Platera".
No further comments were made on the matter. When election day came and the votes were counted, most ballots read: "Platera", the name of the mule that worked at the train. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was president of our faculty union for over 30 years. Viva Platera!
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