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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #242 - Act of March 5, 2014: Stream "social democracy" neither Democrat nor social (fr, pt) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 03 Oct 2014 21:12:48 +0300


The Act of March 5, 2014, includes a chapter on "social democracy" that bears his name wrong. Claiming to reform the financing of trade unions, it actually maintains the stranglehold of large confederations and is likely to help remove small unions, especially in difficult situations to small structures, such as local unions. ---- To believe its title, the Act of March 5, 2014 deal of vocational training, employment and social democracy. On the first point, no progress, quite the contrary; employment can not be improved through government measures serving MEDEF; What about Chapter abusively "Social Democracy", which essentially deals with the financing of trade union and employers' organizations? ---- Monopoly five confederations ---- This law flattens the current organization, but taking care not to touch what is done in the public service. For over forty years, five trade union confederations have a monopoly on discussions with business and government; Overall, the "social partners" have shown some inventiveness to confiscate substantial public funding. To a lesser extent, management has partially hand to the pocket too: the more easily that the bag in question is that of the working people who create the wealth stolen by the shareholders! Worse, the "gender mainstreaming" and funded equally treats the unions representing millions of wage-es and a few thousand shareholders and owners: 50% for one, 50% for others! Money, there... in the union offices! More than 100 million of public money each year (for what is paid at the national level). Some examples of these public subsidization of CGT, CFDT, FO, CFTC and CGC for years:

- The National Fund for joint management of vocational training (Fongefor) through 0.75% of collection agencies accredited joint collectors (OPCA) represents more than 15 million each year.

? each year, the OPCA directly distribute approximately 35 million others.

- The subsidy for trade union education represents 23 million per year. Sharing is there at six, Unsa benefiting too.

- The same fall by EUR 8 million to train industrial tribunals.

- Nearly 20 million from participation in various joint bodies (social security funds, unemployment insurance, supplementary pensions, "1% logement"...).

Reduce the number of unions

This allows the government to profoundly change the rules, without these unions are crying foul, nor even make too much advertising on what is negotiated since last March in the High Council of the social dialogue! For the future of the trade union bureaucracies, the key is that the distributions are not challenged. Government and employers agree on that because that is not their goal. Indeed, until now, the compensation of employee-es granted leave from economic, social or union training was guaranteed by the employer; Certainly, within 0.08% of the amount of wages paid in the year and only for companies with more than 10 people, which is outrageous.

But now, 10 million will be put into a common pot, split between trade unions CGT, CFDT, FO, CFTC, CGC, UNSA and Solidarity who will manage themselves these indemnifications. In continuation of the CGT / CFDT / MEDEF 2008 agreement, the objective is to reduce the number of trade unions, the right to education is being questioned by example for unionized workers CNT-SO, or UGTG STC... The money will be allocated only to confederations that will decide the allocation between federations and unions departmental or local. "Standardization" The internal over 100 million annually that we mentioned above will now be awarded through a mutual fund, but still inter-national organizations dedicated structure. Some union leaders could not be a better tool for internal "normalization"!

For years, the CGT confederation led a battle to impose a more vertical operation, based on the model established by the CFDT there thirty years. This institutionalized and centralized financial allocation will strengthen the drift. Local unions in particular are likely to be asphyxiated, while some professional bodies have to be more conciliatory to keep their autonomy in trade union education. The side of the union Solidarity trade union, certainly less affected by the financial windfall, the stake will be to manage these new tasks at the national level without weakening federalism... And it will not be easy.

Christian (AL Transcom)
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