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(en) International Syndicalist Conference: I-07 [fr]

Date Mon, 11 Dec 2006 15:48:09 +0200

At a time when we are seeing European- and global-level destruction of social advances due to the deregulation of social welfare systems, attacks on workers' rights through so-called reforms of labour rights, to the labour market, to constant and global social insecurity (privatisation, forcing workers to compete with each other, the spread of new forms of work contracts, the increase in work with no rights, undocumented workers, unwaged...)
The omnipresence of a project of neo-liberalism can be seen, where increased profits for a few and the submission of as many workers as possible to even more exploitation and poverty all over the world.

Despite this "At the beginning of the 21st Century, there are still or once
again, millions of people on the move all around the globe searching for a
living wage and a better life. More and more people are again experiencing that
the capitalist promise of wealth and prosperity is nothing but a gaudy facade
behind which our lives are increasingly consumed by deteriorating conditions
(from "The Struggle for a Better Life Must Be Made Global", I02 Conference in

Globalisation is nothing new to capitalism. But mobility, aggressivity and the
capacity of this system have never been so strong as they are today. Closing
profitable factories where workers have acceptable working conditions only to
open the same factory somewhere else with lower wages and worse working
conditions only to increase benefits for stockholders is unfortunately not
surprising these days.

What can be done?

On the other side of this, the workers' movement and its organisations seem as
little organised in its coordination between countries and its collective
retaliation as it was at the time of the creation of the First International.
They are showing themselves to be incapable of answering concretely and
reacting quickly and globally to the massive assaults by capitalism.

The world of bureaucratic trade-unionism, social partnership, hand in hand with
political interests refuses to oppose these attacks by triumphant capitalism.
This brings more and more conflict with class-struggle syndicalism, which does
exist but is weak and disorganized.

Following the Industrial Conferences of San Francisco in 1999 (I 99) and Essen
in 2002 (I 02), the French CNT has taken the initiative to invite all those
organisations, groups, networks and activists who participated in the previous
Conferences, as well as others interested.

Building international solidarity

This new Conference will take place in Paris on Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th,
Monday 30th April and Tuesday 1st May 2007.

Why should Anarcho-syndicalists and Revolutionary Syndicalists and all those
who support a worker-controlled world to meet at an international level?

In such a Conference, what's happening (where and how) can only be an
introduction to debate with concrete examples from the practice and struggle
from each of us.

The immediate goal should be: what are we concretely capable of doing together?
Our ultimate goal, and our hope, should be to start rebuilding links and
uniting workers of different countries, to reappropriate the means of
information, struggle and action by organising international solidarity.



Friday 27th April 2007:

Reception of delegations

Saturday 28th April 2007:

Union meetings (the cost of living, wages, de-localisations, redundancies,
privatization, labour rights, institutions/revolutionary syndicalism, union
repression, the EU, etc.

Sector meetings: Building, education, postal service, healthcare, cleaning,
culture, press, transport, steel industry, agricultural workers, etc.


Sunday 29th April:

Meetings by theme: Women's struggles, anti-fascism, social ecology, housing,
migrations, anti-imperialism, etc.

Summary of the various meetings

Big international meeting

Monday 30th April:

Showing of militant movies, tour of Paris

Tuesday 1st May 2007:

International May Day demonstration


Confédération nationale du travail - CNT-f
33, rue des Vignoles, 75020 Paris
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