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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #256 (Dec) - Elections to the Post: The reformist unions are progressing (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:48:46 +0200

Elections to the Board of Directors of La Poste were marked by a drop in participation and improvement of co-managers scores unions. But SUD-PTT is also growing and militant teams rather on the rise. What do not despair! ---- Last week took place the elections to the Board of Directors of La Poste Group. This election involves both the parent company and a large number of company subsidiaries. It was the first time all wage earners concerned voted electronically, a decision not without consequences for the vote. ---- If electronic voting is not the whole, the way it was organized in the company has had a negative impact particularly on forbearance. Indeed, with just over 63% participation, this is the worst rate ever achieved in the company. In subsidiaries, abstention even reached almost 95%! Coupled with a white voting rate of almost 10% at La Poste parent average and slightly more among managers, more than 20% in subsidiaries, maybe this is what is instructive more than results. The CGT announced in its press release that this represents a distrust of La Poste policy.

Abstention dimension

If this remark is probably accurate for framing, it more generally gum any critical analysis of the fall of 6% compared to the 2010 election and a decline as compared to last year: the analysis of abstention is simplistic or even false, but is most likely to have an impact on future inter-union relations and on wage earners. There can see a real risk of sectarian withdrawal of the CGT.

We can explain this drop in participation and blank votes by several elements:

- A chaotic setting up voting by management of the company, doing no work at certain subsidiaries which explains the 94% abstention in some places.

- There are at least a confusion and at worst a real distrust on the part of some postal workers and the union to postières tool as a way to bring victories and advances to staff and this in a difficult social context.

- The feeling of wage earners subsidiaries not to be part of the La Poste group and to be left at the edge of the road by both management and the unions. A feeling due to a real lack of work of all trade unions on the whole group.

Room for the struggle unionism

The results might not bode well with growth of accompanying or co-management unions. This finding is all the more maddening that in many places the CGT sometimes collapses of over 10% is often in favor of the CFDT and FO. SOUTH side by cons, no plummeted and even an increase of almost 1% since last year.

A final observation: where there are structured teams and what's more combative, the results are quite good. This leaves room for widely unionism of struggle and social transformation to La Poste.

Germinal (AL Orléans)

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