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(en) alas barricadas: Revolutionary syndicalism today: global class and integral action by Rubén C. Batres (ca) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:20:54 +0300


From one year to this part there is a lively debate by intellectuals and activists on the state of revolutionary syndicalism. I would like to give my vision as a worker and activist in the Port of Sagunto, based on my experiences and collective memory . I hope that this reflection is useful in other local or regional realities and that it fits into a more diverse worldview. ---- I will be direct, today the revolutionary syndicalism does not exist . The defeat suffered by the industrial working class in the 1980s, capitalist globalization and the cultural hegemony of neoliberalism, together with the restructuring of production and reproduction of capital through the introduction of new technologies, dissolved the collective subject that previously we called the "Working Class" .

But as in every shipwreck something is saved. For example, after the closure of the Hornos del Mediterráneo in 1984, and thanks to the struggle of staff and citizens, the industrial fabric did not disappear from the Camp de Morvedre. In this way, the CGT is able to introduce combative trade unionism , with all the contradictions of the legal framework LOLS , in the main production plants in operation ( ArcelorMittal , Pilkington , Ferrodisa , Baux ), as well as establishing new trade union sections in large production services companies ( Daorje ), in the stowage ( Sesasa ) and in the tugboats of the dock ( Remolques del Mediterráneo ).

Starting from this union base and with the experience acquired by the youngest and some veterans of the union in the social movements ( Antiglobalización , 15M , Cooperatives, etc.), we have come into contact with the most unprotected sectors of society and with intellectuals of the middle classes who have brought us new realities and tools of analysis. This dialectical union between youth and experience could become the catalyst for union change, and not only on generational lines, but fundamentally in the understanding of the new objective and socio-political conditions that surround us, which serve to connect us with reality and intervene successfully. In this way we could consider the constitution of a new revolutionary subject .

We have to be able to imagine the new working class . I think that this will have an industrial foundation, but not of a hegemonic nature, but rather to offer the accumulated experience of the class struggle. Certainly "the new class" may have a confused and contradictory ideology at first, but its gestation and development process could be based on an ethic of clear anti-capitalist, antipatriarchal, ecological and libertarian character. The struggle in the neighborhoods for culture and living conditions will be the link with the metropolitan working class arising from neoliberal restructuring, which is already undertaking processes of self-organization (Las Kellys , Manteros Union) or organized around combative syndicalism ( Telemarketing , Startups ). The spaces will be very jealous of their autonomy and the confederation, as unity of equals, will make sense.
The new working class will be global . If capitalism colonized all aspects of life, commodifying and extracting more value and enjoyment of it, it will be necessary to fight capital integrally, on all fronts that are possible. Experience shows us that where there is oppression there is a liberating force, even if it is only present as potential. Capital has been reinforced by other existing oppressions: statism, patriarchy, productivism , etc. so that the new subject will not arise from the industrial worker, but of the mestization of the latter with women and migrants, declassed, precarious, unemployed in perpetuity ... a new class that gives us back the desire and initiative to rationally transform what surrounds us instead of consuming it until extinction . Obviously all this means a break with the classic revolutionary syndicalism and the abandonment of those that were once immovable principles but which today are only meaningless dogmas.

From the Camp de Morvedre we will try to contribute our grain of sand to the building of this global revolutionary syndicalism by participating and constituting initiatives of a cultural, feminist, cooperative nature from a class perspective, together with combative trade union action in companies.

http://alasbarricadas.org/noticias/node/38849
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