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(en) France, Manifesto of the Union Communist Libertaire UCL - Our revolutionary trade union practice (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 12:24:14 +0300
We promote all the repertoire of revolutionary syndicalism actions - strike, boycott,
sabotage, blockage - including their new and reinvented forms, since they are based on the
direct action of the workers. ---- SUD-Rail parade during a railway strike in May 2016.
---- cc Jean-Claude Saget ---- The trade union movement was born out of the desire to
organize workers in revolt against oppression and exploitation. It makes it possible to
oppose to the employers, who rely on the individual isolation of the proletarians, the
collective strength brought by the concerted action. ---- The fight against demands in
workplaces and studies mainly involves trade union action. We therefore advocate active
participation in trade unionism, understood first of all as a practice of struggle and
unitary, mass and class self-organization.
As in any form of association, this collective strength benefits the associated
individuals and more broadly our class, provided that it is not appropriate by a minority
to the detriment of the community. This is the case when there is a distinction between
leaders and directors, which results in leaders using the organization to advance their
interests rather than serving the common cause. Unionism is not a career !
We are also aware and aware that the trade union movement is - like many things in a
non-revolutionary period - crossed by a contradiction between integration and rupture. And
that integration generates a strong tendency to social compromises and bureaucracy.
We can not, however, be satisfied with the rejection of the unions by a part of the
proletariat. It leads more to the demobilization of employees than to accentuate the
balance of power vis-à-vis the state and employers. It is through self-management and
class struggle that trade unions will become an attractive tool for social struggles.
The CGT blocked the waste treatment plant in Ivry-sur-Seine in May 2016.
cc Daniel Maunoury
A directory of direct actions
We defend a revolutionary syndicalism that returns to the sources of the proletariat's
dynamic of self-organization represented by the trade union movement, by integrating the
historical achievements of the emancipatory struggles that have been waged since its
We are therefore promoting the whole repertoire of revolutionary syndicalism - strike,
boycott, sabotage, blockage - including their new and reinvented forms, since they are
based on the direct action of the workers.
We defend the prospect of a general strike, as a weapon of the proletariat to defend its
interests, and a possible lever for a revolutionary takeover of production. This does not
mean that it is necessary to multiply, out of context, the incantatory calls to a mythical
general strike, but that it must be posited as a strategic aim, structuring our action.
It involves participating in union debates and bringing - and sometimes even simply
existing - union democracy to life.
For the workers' unity, despite the divisions
We advocate the independence of trade unions against any outside group to exploit them,
internal democracy and federalism, the sharing, control and revocability of mandates. We
want to reconnect with an interprofessional practice through the development of tools for
the emergence of solidarity and class consciousness: local unions, departmental unions,
trade unions and industry federations, confederations.
The union division is the result of several factors: bureaucratisation, questioning of
union independence, undemocratic practices, to which have been added since, competition
and spirit of chapel. Contrary to this logic, beyond the "organizational patriotism", we
affirm the necessary working-class unity and intend to work to create the conditions for a
reunification of the class and struggle union movement, without denying the difficulties.
We support other forms of organization that can be given to workers in struggle (general
assembly, strike committee, coordination ...), especially when they can complement or even
overcome the current limits of trade unions.
We defend international solidarity in the trade union field. Finally, we support a trade
union practice that integrates the diversity of the proletariat: workers in the public and
private sectors, with or without employment, active and active or retired, regardless of
their origin, nationality, gender or sexual orientation. .
Wear a basic democracy
We can be led by the reality of the ground to register our revolutionary syndicalism in
different organizations. The essential thing is, for us, the real possibility, offered by
this or that structure, to develop militant collectives and to deploy a protest activity.
Our syndicalism is therefore thought in terms of ground, is first in the basic structures,
but refuses to consider the fragmentation of the trade union movement as positive or
It is in the service of this activity of grassroots collectives, and in the scrupulous
respect of trade union democracy, that comrades can be mandated, in all positions and at
all levels, by the members and adherents of their structures.
Revolutionary trade unionists, we reject the division of social democratic labor between
the party that deals with politics, that is to say also social issues, and the union
confined to immediate demands. For us, the trade union organization must carry its own
strategy of transforming society, developed independently. It is an essential space for
the construction of a counter-power. It must help sharpen the self-management skills of
If it seems obvious that the trade union fact, like all the important facts of society, is
discussed everywhere, including in the political currents, we refute the practice of
"fraction" which leads its members, whatever their opinion, to act in a concerted way to
pass on the directives of their political organization in the union, in defiance of the
independence and the own capacity of elaboration of the latter.
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