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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #285 - Dockers: A blow to one is a blow to all (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 19 Jul 2018 06:57:54 +0300

All the ports of France have their eyes riveted on the fight being played at this moment in Lorient. The community of agglo wants to dismiss 10 dockworkers and replace them with workers without status. The CGT federation is raising the pressure. ---- What is the difference between a dockworker and a precarious worker ? The statute. The status of docker ensures regularity of wages despite intermittent work - the waiting time between two boats to load or unload on the port. ---- What's happening in Lorient ? An unfortunate precedent: the port authorities are trying to fire 10 dockworkers and replace them with non-status workers. It is a blow to the whole profession and its rights. ---- What is happening in the rest of the country ? Solidarity mobilization, orchestrated by the CGT, to prevent this bad blow to weaken the dockers of the other ports.

The port of Lorient was managed until 2016 by a subsidiary of Veolia, the CEP. Dockers were used for fish allotment by Keroman Services Industries (KSI), a company 60 % owned by CEP. It is mainly fish caught by Scapêche (a subsidiary of Intermarché). The work is done at night so that the fish is sold in the morning.

But in 2016, the port passes into the hands of the mixed economy company (SEM) Keroman, whose main shareholder is the community of agglo de Lorient. The PIU then divested from KSI and ceased to sit on the board of directors. From then on, the days of KSI and the dockers it employs are counted. This results in the liquidation of KSI on April 18, 2016 and the dismissal of 10 dockers.

Two two-hour walkouts in all ports
Other solutions would have kept the dockers: SEM could have hired them directly, or resume KSI. But the SEM and the elected officials of Lorient mainly see the opportunity to get rid of status workers. The pretext mentioned is that the docker status does not fit well with " the operation of a fishing port whose inputs are inherently random ".

A standoff is therefore between the CGT Ports and Docks de Lorient trade union and the SEM. Blocking actions ensue, during which the dismissed workers have seen their replacement by 20 to 25 temporary ... Like what activity is not down ! Simply, elected officials like precariousness (for the workers, not for them of course).

As decision-makers turn a deaf ear, the dockers are increasing the pressure with the support of their entire federation. On May 4 and May 16, two-hour walkouts affected all French ports. In Lorient, a demonstration brought together several delegations from different ports, the local interpro, with the presence of the secretary of the federation, Tony Hautbois. We walked to the sound of drums from Le Havre, to the town hall, which received a delegation. The situation is still not settled, the federation leaves the threat of a disengagement of all French ports for twenty-four hours and a great demonstration dockers in Lorient.

Ronan (AL Lorient)

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