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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #234 - Britain: The rage that masks the red caps (fr, pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:39:43 +0200


The employee-es of food in Britain suffer an unprecedented crisis. Their mobilization for employment was recently dodged the media frenzy around the anti-tax revolt red caps. This is the trade union movement to regain control. ---- The economic crisis is hitting hard the industrial world. After the car, it is the turn of the agro-food sector to be hit hard. In a region like the UK, widespread failure of the latter may have consequences as dramatic as the closure of mines in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais: mass unemployment, poverty, withdrawal, rise of racism... Breton agribusiness model is based on a very intensive agriculture, low labor costs and a good dose of European aid. It's been years that the associations of environmental protection, the Confédération Paysanne and all anti-capitalist forces denounce this model could not be sustained forever.

After the difficulties of Doux, Gad farm slaughterhouse Lampol the volailler Tilly Sabco threat to close... The owners are responsible for this situation: Mild established businesses in Brazil and exported its production to France in competition with its own local production. Tilly Sabco is stuffed with European export subsidies without the benefit of its employee-es-es paid the minimum wage for working conditions very difficult.

Disaster for the employee-es

There is a real despair in employee-es who know that behind the closure of the plant conversion possibilities are very low. There is no tradition of struggle in this industry where the employer repression is a rare violence. Thus, it is not entirely surprising to see a disorderly revolt that hard to identify the culprits. The episode of the clash of employee-es Gad Lampol with employees Gad Josselin is an unfortunate illustration. The employee-es producer Marine Harvest salmon and other boxes had difficulty in this context, decided to organize an event for job retention on Nov. 2 in Quimper. Meanwhile, traffic patterns and farmers supported by FNSEA had started to make the powder against the environmental tax on October 26. This event followed shortly (900 people) was a huge media coverage, particularly around recovery red caps, symbol of the anti-tax revolt Breton under the old regime.

Breton flag

Slingers against environmental tax - which is nothing to do with the crisis of food - were grafted to the manifestation of Quimper employment, all unified by a regional dynamic symbolized by the Breton flag. As for the fight against nuclear power Plogoff in 1980 and the defense of the hospital Carhaix in the 2000s, the regionalist dimension plays a major role. Regional solidarity as this greatly helped to maintain the hospital Carhaix, as it allows today's progressive forces Alliance (NPA Breizhistance, many union locals) with reactionary forces (FNSEA, MEDEF, UMP, FN , Youth identity...).

What slogans remember the event in Quimper? Maintaining employment? Live and work in this country? The anti-tax Poujadist sling? We do not allow us to assess the mobilization of a contemptuous look at the Mélenchon. However, the employee-es have interests opposed to those of their bosses and not win anything to support them. On November 23, the entire trade union movement Breton appellait mobilization for the defense of employment. Hopefully it will resume the offensive. Social protest must be in the hands of employee-es and turned against his enemies, the bosses and shareholders!

Lulu and Steph (AL Nantes)
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