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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #282 - SNCF: CHSCT, a tool to resist the frenzied exploitation (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:44:23 +0300

Ten fatal accidents per year, professional diseases shoveled, a worrying suicide rate ... Sad balance sheet for the railway company and its subcontractors. Only union action prevents the situation from getting worse. The announced disappearance of CHSCT is a blow. ---- The SNCF is about 600 CHSCT, six functional commissions per large body of trades (equipment, equipment, commercial, traction ...) and a national commission CNHSCT certainly devoid of power, but which allows to have a global vision . This fairly dense network boosts the union's capacity to act on issues concerning the health, working conditions and safety of 150,000 railway workers and contractors. Each year, 300 to 400 CHSCT investigations are triggered following serious work accidents, and over 600 CSHCT alert rights are activated to denounce situations of "serious and imminent danger".

The recent unitary strike in the cleaning company H. Reinier-Onet, in Saint-Denis [1], highlighted the particularly painful working conditions and the domination relationships that subcontract workers are undergoing. . The CHSCT are a point of support to fight, because the Labor Code specifies that among its missions, there is the "prevention and protection of the physical and mental health and the safety of the workers of the establishment and those put at his disposal by an outside enterprise "(L.4612-1).

It should be known that every year, only for the "privileged" of the SNCF, a dozen fatal work accidents take place, and dozens of deaths are officially recognized following occupational diseases (615 deaths in fifteen years ). To this must be added the suffering at work due to the "shock strategy" of the incessant restructuring and the managerial methods that go along with it, and which is certainly not unrelated to the high number of railway suicides in the right-of-way. railways (57 in 2017). All this in a deafening media silence, and facing the omerta of the direction.

Negotiation with knives drawn on redrawing
Using the CHSCTs, trade union action consists of highlighting these phenomena through surveys and expertise, and organizing responses locally with the employees concerned.

On some national issues, such as asbestos, battles have been waged in connection with the exposed railroads and with victim associations such as Andeva. SNCF has thus been repeatedly convicted of inexcusable misconduct, and SUD-Rail has carried out a judicial procedure for "harm to anxiety" involving hundreds of employees exposed to asbestos and subjected to enhanced medical surveillance.

There is currently a negotiation at the SNCF, on the establishment, on 1 January 2019, of the social and economic committees (CSE) which will merge the instances DP, CE and CHSCT, with a redistribution and a reduction of means in sight. Whatever the outcome, the union teams will have to adapt to continue the fight. It is not because one breaks the thermometer that the fever will fall again!

Sébastien (AL Paris North East)

[1] Read the interview with Oumou Gueye in Alternative Libertaire of February 2018.

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