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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - unionism, Live from CGT congress: The oscillations of applause (Day 1) (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:38:27 +0300

First day of the 51st Congress confederal CGT. The CFDT, the PS and the sad Thierry Lepaon copiously booed; Goodyear, Fralib, Air France welcomed; Philippe Martinez carefully evokes the general strike and the strategy of alliances... A report from life, day to day, the blog of the Libertarian Communists CGT. ---- This is the musical group Zabo that it was the tone of the conference in a vibrant interpretation of a song by Georges Moustaki, I would without naming you about it, a song written in 1969 in honor of the permanent revolution! ---- A notch below the symbol, the secretary of the UD of Bouches-du-Rhône, in his welcoming speech was applauded emblematic struggles on its territory, particularly that of Fralib. [...] ---- The commission mandates gives some elements on the composition of the Congress. [...] Note a slight decline of feminization in 41% of participants. And if 55% of delegates are from the private, only 22% are workers for 36% of engineers, managers and technicians.

The soporific greetings from the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) were not the subject of any reaction from the room. However the announcement of the guests present were highly responsive moment: Thierry Lepaon was copiously booed while Bernard Thibault and Louis Weiya were applauded. Unsa and more The CFDT were boos when FSU was mildly applauded and UNL vigorously applauded.

PS the record with boos bronca for the removal of the work while the PRG law passed through drops (if not probably identified by delegates...). LO was applauded politely and PG also Mélenchon raising extra applause tempered by a few whistles... LDH, the CNL and the Movement of peace were also greeted by the delegates.

Read also: "51st congress of the CGT: Release strategic and moral crisis? " , Alternative Libertaire of March 2016
intro speech to the debate on strike

The speech of the Secretary General, Philippe Martinez, highlight of the first day, received a good response. Cleverly, he forgot no one, repressed unionists (the Goodyear and Air France will be met Thursday for a special time union rights added to the agenda of the congress) to strikers Mayotte. Continuity of union retirees to Palestine, Greece Night Stand... through 32 hours that could create more than four million jobs.

On hot topics he appeared also clever.

The ETUC and ITUC, he declared, without causing any reaction in the room, that the CGT had to learn from other experiences without sacrificing defend its principles.

On the fight against labor law, he repeated that the general strike can not be decreed but stated that she built in the AG in business and the need to debate the strike, including renewable strike (weak applause in the room). What is not wrong except that it is easier to put in debate with a clear call of the union leaderships...

Political alliances: self-criticism

On the "unionism together", the room was more responsive. Martinez gave himself up to criticism that inflects the interpretation of the guidance document in the right direction, saying that the search for unity was right in itself but after the 45th Confederal Congress, in 1995, the CGT had committed a mistake to focus the CFDT. Stating that against the Labour law, the CGT proposed to all but advance with unions that share the objective of withdrawal of the law. If we forget the first communiqué signed with the CFDT and others , the sequence makes it indeed justice.

Curiously, the Martinez of speech has not ended with the highlight that should be the national day of action on 28 April, but the operational issues of the CGT and the need to reform its structures, that hammering a decision taken collectively should require any CGT. The debate opens new regional structures that may become super-prefects limiting union autonomy and federalism, is at the heart of the work of the congress.

The full report to follow the blog Communisteslibertairescgt.org
Photo: Romani / Photo of the social movement

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