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(en) France: Alternative Libertaire statement on the CPE victory - "The government is defeated: the struggle goes on!" [fr]

Date Tue, 11 Apr 2006 17:20:31 +0300

On Monday morning, the government decided to "replace" the CPE [Contract of
First Employment]. It has been defeated, we must continue the mobilization,
above all in order to achieve the repeal of the so-called "law of equal
opportunities" and of the CNE [Contract of New Employment].
The government can talk about "replacing" if it so chooses, what matters is
that the CPE has been withdrawn. The "measures to help young people gain access
to jobs" that will replace the CPE are nothing more than a compilation of
already-existing measures, which give tax breaks to employers but which do not
directly deal with the question of workers' rights.
This is a historic victory. It is a long time since a government has had to bow
to a social movement and proves that even the most seemingly inflexible
governments can give in under the threat of largescale social conflict. This
victory certainly belongs to the university and high-school students, who had
to fight practically alone for around 9 weeks.

Since the start, the students called for the withdrawal of the CNE and the
whole so-called "law of equal opportunity". This is a law which, among other
things, provides for apprenticeships for 14-year-olds, night-time work for 15-
to 18-year-old and the suspension of family allowance benefits in cases of
truancy, measures that were so far supported solely by the extreme right!

Little by little, this movement has turned into a movement for the general
rejection of precarity and the students have come up with many proposals,
notably in terms of the autonomy of young people and democracy in high schools
and universities. It is also the right time to express our demands loud and

Today, the blockades have been removed from many universities. The students
have understood that that the government is defeated and that it may be
prepared to cede on other matters too. It would be incomprehensible for the
union leaderships to call for an end to the mobilization and put off the repeal
of the so-called law "of equal opportunities" and of the CNE to further

Let's strike while the iron is hot!

Let us transform this victory into a trampoline for mobilization and continue
the struggle until our demands are met!

Alternative Libertaire
11th April 2006


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