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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #231 - Class struggle: the MEDEF, nothing new (fr) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:35:52 +0200


Main employers' organization in France, MEDEF has been on 3 July 2013, a change of "direction", with true-false internal election of Pierre Gattaz, replacing Laurence Parisot. So election trap con? ---- In fact, except for some changes in communication, focusing on the themes of the corporate world, the current strategy of the MEDEF has nothing very innovative and looks like a mix of internal relations of forces, but always with the same sickly fancies, which the eternal "lower labor costs". ---- The same day of his election, Gattaz requested a decrease of 100 billion euros of "charges" - ie contributions - for businesses. Three pillars emerge from the current strategy of the MEDEF.

Communication and semantic

Discount up to date for several years, such as the MEDEF corporate or government understood that the words had meaning and are based on several European models. Thus one can not speak of contributions but loads of unions but social partners, labor costs need to reduce the distribution of wealth is replaced by profit sharing and talking agree that competitiveness is the deadlock on the creation of wealth and value.

Ideological war and lobbying

Illustrated by the last major issues on the table, future-against pension reform, trading around UNEDIC or lower employer contributions, the notion of representativeness, the MEDEF tries by all means a hype and propaganda on these subjects. Finally, the tax credit was competitive for example a victory by the employers and put forward by the government.

MEDEF is very active with the government and various government offices, elected representatives, but not only. Indeed, multiplying meetings, "bridges" with some organizations and some trade unionists and, we now get to see the reports in conjunction with so-called employee-es, such as CFDT organizations. This was a trend for several years, has a long sacred lobbying to reaffirm the consolidation of a reformist trade unionism, and dissemination of a number of liberal and capitalist theories, erected by employers and partly by repeatedly some union teams ... and by employee-es!

No to resignation!

But what may seem like a no-brainer is a strategy that comes to bear fruit: fatalism or resignation of one side, abandoning the class struggle in favor of communalism or the extreme right, the defense market and hierarchy , MEDEF is not responsible for this but actively participates. Deconstructing the dominant discourse propose alternatives - especially in companies or for the unemployed - will strengthen the concrete of strength.

Robert K (AL Montreuil)

Pierre Gattaz, the man with the head down
This liberal austerity is nothing very exciting, and for good reason unknown to the general public (a little less than before but still), invisible in the company of which he is CEO Radiall, uncharismatic and far from original, the character is described by his opponents as a pawn of some federations, or taken as a liberal with a touch of social dialogue. One thing is certain, regardless of man, whether friendly or not, it is an organization of work (and society) that will fight ... by all means!
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