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(en) Italy: Alternativa Libertaria (FdCA) Nov.03 - The bubble bursts (it)

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Date Tue, 4 Nov 2003 14:39:12 +0100 (CET)

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At last, the umpteenth proposals for pension reform have
arrived! We were so looking forward to it. Already several
years ago, long before Berlusconi's victory at the polls, in
one of our "Quaderni di Alternativa Libertaria" series of
pamphlets dedicated to pension reform (La bolla e la gobba -
Previdenza, TFR e menzogne varie) [The bubble and the hump -
social insurance, severance pay and miscellaneous other lies
- tr.], we laid out the possibility of further pension reform
which even then was on the horizon and which has not failed
to arrive.

But I am not interested now in revealing for the hundredth
time the lies and the hypocrisy with which the "experts" try
to justify yet another inevitable "reform". It is more
interesting to look and see how the various actors in this
play have behaved - and so far they have all been playing
their hearts out! Berlusconi, absolutely in line with the
media-obsessed, totalitarian style of his regime, announced
the reforms contemporaneously on all the national TV
channels, in yet another demonstration of what he means by
the word "dialogue" - you lot shut up and listen while I'm

After a somewhat timid, embarrassed clearing of the throat,
the Left Democrats stated, through the voice of their
secretary and in front of their favourite audience these days
(Confindustria - the industrial employers' federation), that
the reforms were, how shall we put it, not too bad after all
and of course absolutely essential, though it would have been
better to introduce them a little more gradually, as if to
say... if we'd been in power, we'd at least have brought the
vaseline. Not content with that, our heroes then proceeded to
plaster the entire country with posters addressed to the
"workers", upon which was emblazoned a slogan which sums it
all up, really: "with the workers of today, for the workers
of tomorrow". The workers of tomorrow being (if these reforms
get through) the self same ones as today... In other words, a
nice way of saying "You'll all be dead before you get
anywhere near your pensions, anyway".

Rifondazione Comunista said nothing (perhaps they were too
busy playing political games with the above-mentioned
gentlemen). The union bureaucracies of the CGIL-CISL-UIL trio
offered up their little 4-hour strikette (as if 5 years of
your life were worth 4 hours of strike!), while the CUB and
USI instead chose the path of isolationism - best not to mix
with certain people... (mind you, as far as the bureaucracies
are concerned, it's hard to blame them, but what about the
workers who came out on the 24th October? Was it more than
they could take to stand with them? Wouldn't it have been
better to do what had been done before and have separate
demonstrations with separate platforms, but all on the same

And what about the workers? Only a united mass mobilization
has a chance of stopping yet another attack on our living
conditions. To think that things would have gone better with
a centre-left government is just wishful thinking. To think
that the union bureaucracies are not just looking after their
own interests against the interests of the workers, we are
just illuding ourselves.

We are stubborn. We will never tire of repeating what have
always been our watchwords: self-management,
self-organization, direct action. The emancipation of the
workers will be accomplished by the workers themselves, or
not at all!

S. Parodi


Alternativa Libertaria
News-sheet of the
Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici


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