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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #298 - Retreats: If Macron is scared, we can win! (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 11 Oct 2019 09:17:42 +0300

No doubt about the will of the bourgeoisie to break definitively solidarity pensions, but Macron knows he is walking on embers. The "reform" expected after the European elections is postponed after the municipal elections and scheduled to be voted in July 2020 during the holidays ... Employees and Liberals, general plan and special diets all together we can win. It's up to us to turn fear into rout ! ---- This is not another "reform". With the point retirement, scheduled for July 2020, is the definitive destruction of the solidarity system we are talking about. It must be understood that the decline of our pensions is not the goal in itself but the means to achieve three strategic objectives: extend the working time (week, month, year, for life ... because this is how the employee produces more wealth) ; align the percentage of GDP spent on pensions with the European average (lower it, therefore) ; offer the huge contribution cake to the insurance and banking sector.

Thus Delevoye, now minister, evokes the calculation over the entire career, because by integrating our first years of employment with microsales, the decline in the average reference wage is automatic. This obviously results in the need to work longer to qualify for a departure without a discount. Whether one retains the pivotal age formula or additional quarters does not change the case.

With the merger of the self-employed regime (RSI) into the general system and the prospect of the extinction of special regimes (except for the cops and the military, the hard core of the state !) Everyone is concerned. It is therefore well beyond the sole employees of the general scheme that it is necessary to mobilize. This is also what the RATP employees who suddenly found a flamboyant combativeness, and the liberal professions who held a first day of action rather successful. The action days of 21 and 24 September, with FO solo on one side, CGT-Solidaires on the other, did not thunder.

It is therefore a complex alchemy that must be converged. The beneficiaries of the 42 special schemes are likely to be the driving force behind the upcoming mobilization: they have the most to lose and may have the idea of winning for their corporation, which is more difficult to hope at the general level for other employees.

Corporatism is a poison only if it is selfish
The disappearance of special diets is presented by Macron as the reestablishment of a just retirement for all. In fact it is a bottom-up alignment in which no one will win ! We must win this battle of communication if we want at the same time that the corporations mobilize, that they drag behind them a general movement and that they do not give up the fight as soon as they have obtained a partial and provisional satisfaction !

Corporatism is a poison only when it is selfish ! After so many defeats at the general level since 2010 on pensions or labor laws, it is normal that the struggles fall back on smaller perimeters where people have the impression to master the stakes and opportunities for success.

Of course the fight will be essential to win. But our problem for the next few months is to build it patiently, not to scream in the desert all the more loud as no one is listening ! The traditional union field, the one that had built our achievements since the post-war period, is a field of ruins. It is therefore a work of reconstruction that is before us. And it is possible that the violence of the cumulative neoliberal attacks eventually provoke a popular outburst, which the movement of the yellow vests has partially shown.

Jean-Yves (UCL Auvergne)

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