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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL n° special - Unionism: A spring two CGT (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 13 Aug 2016 12:03:10 +0300

Four months of social conflict supported by the majority of public opinion, punctuated repetitions in demonstrations, strikes renewable, targeted blockades and violence will inevitably provoke debates and readjustments within the CGT. A challenge for all trade unionists "class struggle" and libertarians. ---- At the end of 51 confederal congress in April, we posed the question: "gauchisation" CGT denounced by the media, she will be a reality despite the unresolved differences at the conference? [ 1 ] Two months later, after the roundabout event June 23 at Bastille, we have more questions than answers ... ---- One thing seems certain: Philippe Martinez had acceded to the post of general secretary in questionable conditions. Then he won his vote of induction into the 51st Congress proposing renewed strike in AG employees. The confederal congress then validated the position expressed by Martinez the eve of the congress in Médiapart [ 2 ].

In this interview, he put up against the wall most rightist wing of the CGT and cut the grass under the feet of the left wing ... With the movement against El Khomri law, he has built a real legitimacy in both the grassroots and outside the CGT. Except missteps last minute, there will be one who has visited the striking plants, supported the blockades of refineries and oil depots, throw up a tire before photographers to power a flaming barrage. CGT short plane pilot; passengers are delighted. But is there a crew in the cockpit?

illegible line of the Federation of Railway

Clearly, policy differences, local and federal baronies prevented the CGT to have a real plan, clear, climb to the general strike. The agendas of each others collided to deface the attitude of the Federation of Railwaymen while several CGT unions went on indefinite strike together SUD-Rail ...

The rest petition Caroline Haas and 1.3 million signatories, the high school student movement-and, somehow, the confrontation with the cops-driven 'autonomous' networks have constantly pushed the buttocks the Inter. It will not be possible, as in 2010 on pensions, accusing the leadership confederal CGT having sabotage the movement. And we must recognize that even the most combative union teams have not been able to train their colleagues in a hard strike.

With hypercentralisées methods, the Federation of Ports and Docks will be held several days of strikes. The federation of chemistry has clearly pushed refinery strike but failed to go beyond this industrial branch. The federations of Metallurgy, Trade, Book were hardly visible as the reversal of the hierarchy of norms aimed directly at enterprises in these sectors. Same in interpro: where departmental unions of Bouches-du-Rhône and Seine-Maritime have really strong initiatives, how many UD or UL have expected the citizen referendum to move? In how many cities CGT she has built inter-union and inter AG? It is as much the reluctance of federal departments that weak union teams in companies and communities that are involved. For revolutionaries, the challenge that emerges is clearly reconstruct the basis union forces that lurch in spring 2016.

Reluctance to denounce the "thugs"

The attitude of the CGT vis-à-vis the "thugs" also deserves a decryption. If hunting "leftists" remains a reflex, it does not apply everywhere in the same way [ 3 ]. But it is the attitude of Martinez noteworthy because it has at the beginning of the violence, refused to condemn those that journalists call "thugs" while many federal and departmental statements condemning the bluntly.

It took the escalating destruction and media and internal pressures to bring more clearly to condemn and suddenly, after June 14, and the broken windows of the Necker Hospital, the "individuals" who would have attacked the protesters, which was false [ 4 ].

Accused of "collusion with the rioters" it was not easy in his position, to stick to back to back rioters and police. But it will be more difficult to have an in-house debate on methods of "self" after so simplified and denied the policy choices of these activists assimilated without further ado to police provocateurs. Because their ability, on Paris for example, result in thousands of demonstrators outside the union processions pose real issues ...

A central role in the class struggle

Nevertheless it should not be a necessary debate on the consequences of urban guerrilla tactics and manipulation by the government becomes the tree that hides the forest. If a lesson is learned from the fight sequence in spring 2016, is the central place that keeps the CGT in the class struggle in France. The event which rots the life of a government, it is the capacity of the CGT to be (or not) hundreds of thousands of wage earners on strike; filling the vast majority of the ranks of events; to organize the vast majority of sites blockages.

After this, for libertarian communists, the dual task of strengthening the expression of the values of the struggle unionism with everyone activists who find it in their political diversity; to live in our sections and unions, our local and departmental unions, direct democracy practices, AG, of radical methods of struggle inspired by the revolutionary syndicalism of origins.

With the refusal to budge even on article 2, and the ban on demonstrations on June 23, the government wants to humiliate the seven unions that take to him. Furthermore, it seeks to make the bitter defeat to allow straight wing trade union bureaucracies to draw a negative balance of confrontation. Inflict a defeat to militant unionists to discredit their speeches and bring the CGT in the wake of the CFDT. That is the challenge for the PS and management.

Jean-Yves Lesage (U 93)

[ 1 ] "CGT: a high voltage Congress" Alternative Libertaire, June 2016.

[ 2 ] "Philippe Martinez (CGT):" The government is playing a fool's game "," Mediapart, April 18, 2016.

[ 3 ] "Clashes May 12 in Paris: a bad remake" blog Communisteslibertairescgt.org, May 14, 2016.

[ 4 ] To prove it, he exhibited at JT France 2 picture of a stoned coach. In fact, because it parked up the metro Duroc and empty of occupants, was never targeted. He simply took the lost stones, intended for CRS massed outside.

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