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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL Décembre - CGT-Metallurgy: Towards a syndicalism of expertise ? (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 3 Jan 2018 15:39:02 +0200

A combativity not insignificant, but no anti-capitalist project to stop deindustrialization ... The CGT federation of metallurgy sometimes gives the impression of wanting to " advise decision makers ". This is not our role ! ---- Mixed atmosphere at the 41 st congress of the CGT Federation of Metallurgy, which was held from 20 to 24 November in Dijon. Of the 485 delegates expected, only 390 made the trip. Low participation that reflects the lack of investment of many unions in federal life. The guidance document was very little amended. The federation hopes to improve participation in the future by strengthening union training, and encourages elected representatives to use at least 50 % of their discharge time to become active outside the company, whether at the federal level or interpro.

Many unions sin indeed by excessive localism, the fold on their box ... which however does not work in autarky !

The entire metal industry is thus threatened by the introduction of a particularly regressive collective agreement, which could then inspire other branches. It provides for the implementation of the "job quotation " which would allow the employer to pay the employees no longer according to their know-how and their experience, but according to the nature of the task. It is therefore clearly open the possibility of wage cuts as the job changes. The federation demonstrated on October 13 to influence the negotiation, linking this mobilization to the more general struggle against the Macron ordinances.

In the movement against the Labor law, in 2016, the CGT-Metallurgy had been quite combative, strongly encouraging its unions to organize strikes and to forget a little sit in the joint bodies to participate in blocking actions.

Class struggle or " growth " ?
During the opening speech of the congress, the federal secretary, Frédéric Sanchez, advocated a " more just society " through the " overtaking of capitalism ". In a very internationalist posture, he summoned Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, India or Italy to conclude that " whatever the country, the aspiration to fight against capitalism is the same ". He also stressed the importance of welcoming migrant workers. However, when called for defense inch of Social Security, we could not help but wonder: from the 2 e conference notebook page, a pub it was for insurance ... who precisely have interest in the retreat of the Secu !

The congress texts are also quite disconnected from the combativity expressed in 2016. Consensual, not very demanding, they do not show a great ambition on the social and ecological transformation of society. On the contrary, they multiply references to " growth " and " purchasing power " ... but do not cite the class struggle once. They also join a trend of the federation to invest in a role of trade union expertise - a characteristic of the refocusing of the CFDT in the 1980s. A bit like during the Assises de l'industrie, an initiative held by the CGT in last February, we will provide " advice On public investment, research, industrial strategy ... But advising decision-makers, does that make sense for a trade union organization, as long as industry remains, in any case, the private property of capitalists ? [1]

Bernard (AL Auvergne)

[1] See the leaflet of AL produced at the time: " To relocate the industry: that it changes hands ", on Alternativelibertaire.org

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