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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire - AL Tract, Winning is possible ! (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 3 Jul 2018 09:44:14 +0300

With a single day of strike at Carrefour, the unions got peasants. After several weeks of strike, employees of the Catacombs of Paris garnered a real victory. Win ? Yes it is still possible, at this price. In Normandy, the hospitaliers were unfortunately obliged to add the hunger strike to obtain satisfaction. ---- Fear must change sides ---- At the level of the company, any trade unionist knows, nothing serious can be ripped from the boss as long as he does not fear a production stoppage. As soon as he is no longer afraid of a strike, a blockage, a sabotage, he does not give in to anything. And it's the same at the national level. Isolated action days, even massive as in 2010 for pensions, do not win. 50 years after the general strike of May 68, the great fear of the capitalists has fallen and they strike more and more strongly to break our gains and our public services. Since 1983, the offensive of the bosses and the State, that it is managed by the "right" or the "left", rises in power. Every retreat of workers is an encouragement to go further and faster.

The sustainable strike
Even liberal economists easily quantify these successes of the employers' offensive: the rich are always richer and the poor always more numerous. After 35 years of defeat, the destruction of thousands of businesses and millions of jobs, workers are reluctant to embark because they feel the level of combat needed for a victory. But there is no other way. It is obvious that only a general renewable strike could turn the tide. And if saying it is not enough to build it, silence would lie. Unions should speak unequivocally to prepare minds for the sacrifices of true confrontation. No victory without suffering: it is hard but it is the reality of the class struggle.

The example of the SNCF
It naturally falls to the employees concerned to determine their mode of action. And we will not try to lecture comrades who courageously total more than a month of strikes this spring. Nevertheless, we who have always questioned the calendar of dotted strike, we ask the question: even if you lose a month's salary, would it not have been more efficient to embark on a renewable strike?? A completely different dynamic, internally as for other professional sectors, was possible. The management (and the users) are suffering but have finally adapted. The three-month timetable has also been of interest to the GAs where the railroads are scarce since there is nothing to discuss about the consequences of the action. Obviously even at the SNCF there will be no success without prolonged paralysis of the company.

See you at Medef !

Every year, at the end of August, the Medef holds its Summer University in Yvelines. Every year a small gathering is held there. For a good social comeback, so that the fear changes camp really, block the bosses and ministers who will prepare there their next attacks against the workers.

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