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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL Octobre - Orders: Block everything in the unit to win! (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 29 Oct 2017 11:16:06 +0200

The government has been multiplying since May the attacks against the popular classes. On our side, the response is organized, but remains scattered. The urgency is to unify the struggle and build the strike in as many sectors as possible. ---- Unsurprisingly, Emmanuel Macron began, as soon as elected, a strategy of total war to workers, workers and more generally to the most fragile people. It is also its strategic compass: a reduction in housing subsidies perceived by the most precarious, restoration of the day of deficiency in the public service which amounts to taxing sick leave by systematically taking a day's pay - whereas the point index is again frozen - or the suppression of 150,000 assisted contracts. This is a massive social plan at the national level that is expected to worsen again next year. While Macron had mimed compassion for Whirlpool employees whose jobs were threatened during the inter-turn,

Fighting the Breakdown of Labor Law

Tackling the most fragile is still the best way to sum up the new reform of the Labor Code, which provides for further weakening of employees' rights while strengthening the power of the employers. While today, trade unionists receive wage-earners in their offices who are not already able to enforce their rights, this new reform will introduce bargaining in companies with fewer than 50 employees. by the trade unions. Suffice to say that the boss will have all the cards in his hands to impose less-said agreements including by playing on the proximity of the work collective or by blackmailing the job. Especially since the redundancies will still be facilitated.

Moreover, Macron will no longer have to travel in the car park of Whirlpool, Goodyear or any other factory since the " job safeguard plans ", the name of the layoff plans, will be rendered obsolete by the conventional collective break.

Finally, Macron apply the program and strategy Fillon pursue a policy at the service of the richest and implement leading a Blitzkrieg or " lightning war ." This is what the former candidate Les Républicains promised to do in November 2016 before a bunch of patrons. Their initial champion caught up with his tricks, the latter quickly found by whom to replace him.

A scattered response

Faced with this, it is clear that resistance is struggling to build. The CGT has called unilaterally from the start of consultations on an ordinance in a day of action on 12 September in which are attached to the Union syndicale Solidaires and lip, FSU and several federations departmental unions of FO. This successful day resulted in a second day of mobilization on 21 September, prepared on the same basis and called by the federations of Unsa and the trade unions CFDT and CFTC. Prepared in a week and suffering from competition from the " March against the Social Coup "Organized two days later by insubordinate France (see box), this day marked a foreseeable ebb. It also suffered from the announcement of the strike in the public service on 10 October called by a very wide-ranging inter-union of nine organizations, whose FSU began to promote before 21 September.

What strategy for the sequel ?

On these dates was added a renewable strike in the transport sector - notably among road drivers - from 25 September onwards. This mobilization was met with a strong repression by the government. Other initiatives of professional mobilization should follow and Philippe Martinez proposed at a meeting of the secretaries general of the federations of the CGT on September 15 to make the week of October 9 to 13 a week of professional actions and place the next " highlight " interpro the previous week but without necessarily making a day of strike and demonstrations.

If the CGT is the organization best placed to stimulate the response, mobilization would benefit from inter-union calls being made at the national level. They exist in the departments, but the management of the CGT seems to want to avoid too restricted cadres and prefers to appear as sole initiator of the strike days that it makes the choice to announce unilaterally while other union organizations are available to build them in the unit. These unit calls are more mobilizing with the employees and allow to be used as support to organize for example joint tours among activists of different unions.

Anger exists among the exploited and the desire to resist is present in large sections of the society. But transforming this feeling of rejection of Macron's policy into resistance through strikes, demonstrations and economic blockages is not simple. Fighting freshly elected governments is never easy and the deputies The Republic of the Marches are constantly repeating that it is out of the question to back down, Macron only applying his program. Although the attacks are far from surprising, there are few and many who remember having heard a specific program at the time of the campaign, let alone the announcement of the measures contained in the ordinances, or the massive suppression of assisted jobs. Mostly, republican front ". Lastly, it constituted its presidential majority by collecting 15% of the votes of the persons registered in the legislative elections: far from a plebiscite.

General strike

But as illegitimate as it is, this government must be fought by establishing a balance of power. The isolated days will not be enough to make Macron yield, and so we must move towards a blockage of the economy that only the strike can institute. Of course, in most sectors, the construction of a renewable strike seems hypothetical. However, this is what must be discussed with colleagues, including by insisting on sectoral demands and close to the immediate reality. For other forms of struggle, if they can be useful, are not central in establishing the balance of power with the bourgeoisie. The manifestations make visible the struggles and allow to make plebiscites by their number,

Finally, the idea of the " locomotive sector" "Which would come to pull us out of trouble is also to be fought. Rangers, railwaymen, refiners: their strikes have a more important and immediate blocking power than a teacher-researcher, that's true. But letting one or a few sectors lead a struggle that concerns everyone, it is the assurance of going to failure. Already, because this sector can obtain real advances but which concern only its branch, which puts an end to the struggle and is understandable. Then, because insulated, the blocking capacity is considerably restricted. Finally, because they are bloodless today, these strikes are more exposed to repression, even illegal requisitions and the various maneuvers aimed at breaking them. The general strike is therefore not a myth or a whim:

Aurélien (AL Paris South)

September 23: the Insubmis crash on Paris

In July, when the date of September 12 is already publicly announced by the CGT, Jean-Luc Mélenchon calls for a march against the ordinances on September 23 in Paris. Without consulting anybody, France, unconquered (FI), is not satisfied with its position as the most important political opposition movement, it tries to crush other forces and to marginalize the trade unions.

His hegemonic temptation is dangerous. Of course, the mobilization capacity of IF is real: it has a media power linked to the exposure of its candidate to the presidential and makes a very effective use of social networks. Moreover, it occupies a space left vacant by others and touches people sincerely opposed to the policy of Macron and eager to build another society. It is therefore counterproductive to oppose from sectarianism to that of frustrated but useful France to address those who find themselves there.

That said, the demonstration of September 23 showed that the IF could not pretend to incarnate alone (or almost) the opposition to the ordinances. She failed to mobilize more than the unions that Melenchon said she wanted to put at the center of the game during his speech. Too kind.

What is the Social Front ?

Following a demonstration on the eve of the first round of the presidential election, the Social Front was given a small media exposure by initiating a demonstration in the aftermath of the second round and then the first round of the presidential election. five years from the ordinances. However, it lost part of its raison d'être with the union's calls for several days of strike.

If part of his discourse on strategy and the necessary strike to build is right, this strange team seems to spend most of its energy in building what is increasingly related to an organization, group, outsider and trade unions. Undoubtedly, in the current period of mobilization, the struggle and class syndicalists within the latter would be needed.

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