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(en) French Anarchist CNT solidarity campaign with the Morrocan’s miners of OCP

Date Wed, 11 Nov 2009 20:41:49 +0200

850 miners working for OCP (a state-owned phosphate extraction company) have been on
strike since the beginning of September in the Khouribga region. Their action comes after
they were fired en masse for refusing to accept new working conditions in the company. OCP
effectively intends to renege on its social benefit agreements (permanent employment
contracts, wages, social security system). These are the same benefits that the miners
fought tooth and nail for in the past, often with great hardship. The ideas being
reconsidered include the generalization of temporary work, fixed term contracts and the
cutting of salaries in half. This industrial action is supported in Morocco by numerous
organisations including AMDH (the Moroccan Human Rights Association) and the UMT trade union

As is often the case in the country, which shows that Mohamed VI’s Morocco hasn’t changed
very much from the years of Hassan II and the 80’s, the only answer comes from the
politics of the truncheon. The police forces systematically attack every support
gathering. Trade unions leaders from the OCP are imprisoned and tortured while four of
them will be put on trial in November accused of attacks on “public order”.

CNT, as an organisation that promotes the class struggle and internationalism, provides
its full support to the OCP miners on strike.

CNT is also part of the International Miners’ Support Committee.

CNT demands :
The reinstatement of the 850 workers who have been made redundant by force ; - The respect
of trade union rights in the OCP and its subsidiaries ; - The immediate release of the
trade-unionists on trial.

In order to contribute to the success of the miners’ legitimate struggle against the
arrogance of the rich, CNT has been increasing the numbers of its solidarity activities
(posters, leaflets, etc.) in Nimes, Lyon, Nantes, Marseille, Dijon, Nanterre, Orléans,
Limoges, Brest and Grenoble for the last two weeks.

Pictures of these activities can be seen on :

A bilingual leaflet (Arabic/French) has been produced and can be downloaded from :

Our OCP comrades do not stand alone ! CNT is the proof !.

If your organisation wants to participate in the solidarity campaign, your Moroccan
comrades will truly appreciate it. You can join the International support committee. You
can also organise gatherings in front of Moroccan embassies or consulates. If you do so,
tell us what you have decided, and we will pass it on (support communiqués, pictures of
your actions) to Ali FKIR, the secretary of the support committee.


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