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(en) France, Communistes Libertaires CGT - UD 13: Building a broad consensus for the struggles (fr) [Traduction automatique]

Date Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:51:28 +0300

We reproduce below the interview with Secretary General of the UD 13 which involves the construction of a social front and from political organizations. Obviously these debates will go deeper in the coming months and will have to find a conclusion to 51 ° Congress (by ...) ---- Jean-Marie Battini - Can you give us the reasons why the CGT 13 to implement this process of convergence? ---- Olivier Mateu - After the Congress of the UD 13, a first reflection on the situation in the department confirmed that industry and public services would suffer particularly policies implemented. There was therefore a need to organize the fight on workers' rights, employment, and other claims. Government measures have unfortunately proved us right. ---- There was also urgently not to remain isolated. In the social movement of the department, the CGT has an important role, but does not claim to exclusivity. It therefore seemed necessary to work together and to foster convergence to stop employers and government choices, both the wages on employment or social protection.

It is for this reason that in early January, the UD CGT took the initiative to organize a meeting with other unions, political organizations and associations.

What were the criteria by which organizations were contacted?

We contacted all the organizations that are the prospects for social progress and social transformation ... which de facto excludes certain. Regarding the unions, we have to start all contacted. The CFDT has informed us that this process was different choices she had made, and FO we replied that it was against his principle of independence vis-à-vis political parties. However, this did not prevent manifest together with FO 18 March. But ultimately, the FSU and Partners are the only unions to be part of the process with the CGT.

For others, there are organizations of the Left Front (PCF, PG, Ensemble), the NPA Red Loud, Attac, the UNEF, the AD, and nearly a dozen associations.

The approach is realized in several ways: own leaflet to each organization topped only by common "hat", allowing each to make his own speech; joint appearance at events (scroll banner behind which the representatives of each organization, with flag); Finally, joint press conferences ...

What are the objectives in the longer term this approach? How to act on a political issue?
Through this process, we want to create a "bubbling" of ideas and the workers take control of their own affairs. It is only on this condition that the claims have a chance to succeed, and be able to implement a political solution.

This approach is based on the choice made by the UD 13 make every effort to promote the convergence of struggles. There are several outbreaks of fighting on the 13th, and we organize regular activities around a particular organizing every time, participation, presence and support of all.

If CGT is limited to these actions, it may not only lead.

Conversely, limited to a meeting of trade unions and political associations unrelated struggles, would be a simple incantation call.

Both approaches thus feed each other. This is why the CGT 13 was not a signatory to the Call for national demonstration on 12 April. This does not mean that we disagreed, but because we wanted to make wider and anchored to the struggles in the department.
Is this original approach can be found in other departments?

It seems that a similar process is put in place in the 31. If our approach can serve as a support to others, we are happy, but we do not claim to be a "model". Each has its specificities and what counts is to go in the same direction to block offensive relayed by employers and the government to achieve the demands of the employees, without a job, retired ...

Interview by Jean-Marie Battini
* The Anti-Capitalist Hebdo - 249 (07.03.2014).
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