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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #257 (Jan) - Social benefits: Must do Caf! (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 17 Feb 2016 13:08:36 +0200

For several months, the National Family Allowances Fund (CNAF, the organization that manages the nationally Caf) is closing public receptions. In Marseille, recipients have decided not to let it go. ---- Benefits paid by the Caf concern nearly half the French population. Between family allowances, housing allowances, allowances for disabled adults is over 65 billion euros are paid annually by this organization, which is supposed to help the most vulnerable [1]. Except that helping the poor is a dirty word when it is a political or a bureaucrat. "You understand my poor lady, the country is in deficit! ". ---- The files are already so complicated that almost a million people who would be entitled to RSA activity does not require, but to save even more on our backs, CNAF has decided to phase out its reception centers. At first it was a few days to supposedly treat thousands of late folder. Then the excuse of security agents and the lack of guards has been output. Yeah, wait hours to be told that it lacks a paper and should be back next week, it irritates and that's well known, "the poor are violent." Bottom line, in September 2014 (no figures most recent available), 55 of 102 Caf received only by appointment. And you know what? The number to make an appointment and pays the wait is long ... It is no small advantage when it comes to cough up the poor.

Department testing this policy, Bouches-du-Rhône and 380 000 beneficiaries (including 100,000 just for the RSA). In Marseille he did not take very long for the beneficiaries bristle and organize.

Solidarity and collective punishment

First simple gathering of beneficiaries and revolted es precarious by this umpteenth sod in what remains of "social", the Caf Collective Marseille was then constituted, precarious and unemployed unions (CNT, CGT) in addition to the recipients. The proliferation of leafleting in front of Caf receptions to inform users of what is happening behind them to better control and less informed about their rights has mobilized largely beyond the collective. Solidarity also helped to advance files of beneficiaries, by putting some pressure surges.

Faced with this rebellion, the direction of the Caf decided to employ security guards to deter Differ members of the collective. It was on this occasion, in January 2015, five users and activists were put in custody. Despite this repression, demonstrations and group folders deposits continued, gathering in northern Marseille over a hundred of recipients.

Today the struggle continues. This collective mobilization of users, although for now all is yet to win, shows that there is no inevitability to liberal and anti-social policies that we want to impose on us. Self-organization at the base of those who prey on the chin is natural, as is solidarity.

Lutter, organized way, where we live, where we work, where we have fun, where there is shopping, with its neighbors and neighbors, with colleagues, with the users of public services, with employees in the stores is what makes things happen, this is what the exchange.

Precariousness Commission and direct solidarity with Alternative Libertaire

[1] Annual Report of the Court of Auditors in 2013 on www.ccomptes.fr.

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