LAB (Basque union)

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LAB
LAB-Sindikatua.jpg
Full name Nationalist/Patriotic Workers' Committees
Native name Langile Abertzaleen Batzordeak
Founded 1974
Members 45.000
Affiliation World Federation of Trade Unions
Key people Ainhoa Etxaide, general secretary
Office location Bilbao
Country Basque Country
Website lab.eus

Langile Abertzaleen Batzordeak (LAB, Basque for "Nationalist Workers' Committees") is a Basque left-wing nationalist and separatist trade union[1] operating mainly in Spain currently led by Ainhoa Etxaide.

It was created in 1974 by Jon Idigoras among others. They are part of the Basque National Liberation Movement, an aggregation of leftist Basque nationalist forces including the illegal paramilitary organization Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) and the illegal parties Batasuna and Segi. It is supported by around 45.000 affiliates.[2]

The union is legal and it is one of the four major of its kind in the Basque Country. In the last decades it has been working mostly with the other nationalist union, ELA, while both have been opposed often by the Spanish-wide trade unions, UGT and CC.OO., that make up their own bloc.

In 2011 it had the 16.2%[3] of the labor delegates in the Southern Basque Country.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Faraldo, José M. (2010), "Spain: The Common Experience of Transition and a Military Coup", Solidarity with Solidarity: Western European Trade Unions and the Polish Crisis, 1980–1982 (Lexington Books): 54 
  2. ^ 'LAB será un pilar fundamental en los cambios políticos y sociales', Gara, June 17, 2012
  3. ^ http://www.labsindikatua.org/es/sindicato-lab/101-hauteskunde-sindikalak/641-lab-izan-da-2011-urtean-hego-euskal-herrian-ordezkaritza-gehien-igo-duen-sindikatua-