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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #286 - Book: All to gain, feminist issues, union issues (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 2 Oct 2018 09:01:48 +0300

It was in spring 2017 that the Syllepse editions published All to gain , a book-report on the occasion of the twenty years of Intersyndicales women. ---- The Intersyndicales women, these are the days that gather each year between 300 and 400 people, trade unionists of the CGT, the FSU and Solidaires, or from the associative or university world around issues related to women's rights. Days both anchored in the daily struggles, which allow to exchange on the practices on feminism in the union framework, and also parentheses inviting to take a step back and time for reflection. It is this double objective that the book also fulfills. ---- Comprising sixty-six contributions, in which we find some well-known names such as Annick Coupé, Josette Trat, Daniele Kergoat, Elsa Dorlin, etc., they are spread on fields that seem very different, ranging from work and unionism from women to gender-based violence to women's issues and the great feminist issues of our time.

This diversity of subjects, at the center of which is the work, illustrates the goal of these feminist syndicalists: to start from the patriarchal dominations suffered by women in their workplace, to show that this domination, they undergo it in their whole life, in the sphere that one would like " private " to hide it, as in the " public " sphere where they are not much safer. At work, at home, in the street, in the union: these are the same women who evolve in these different spaces and who have a specific way to carry them.

Leave the workplace, because that's where we meet women, we create professional, friendly, union, political. As class interests are revealed in everyday struggles, the experiences and common interests of women are also revealed. Therefore, it is understandable that the women's commissions of the unions of struggle and the feminist associations have permanently links to create, to renew.

A must for any wrestling library
There is therefore an issue to be addressed with union women. There is also a challenge to encourage them to fight at work. Because the fight gives confidence, self-confidence, confidence in the collective. It is often said that after the hard strikes in highly feminized companies, many women ask for divorce ...

The book also gives pride of place to internationalism. Nawla Darwiche and Wassila Ayachi, comrades from Egypt and Tunisia, discuss the role of women in the Arab Spring, while the topics of globalization and migration are widely discussed.

And it is obviously the part that analyzes the relationship between women and unionism that particularly challenges us. If of course the big names of unionism that were retained are male names, it is not only because their wives were to take care of the house while they ran the Labor Grants. It is also because the history of the labor movement is no exception to history in general: women, their existence and their actions are systematically erased for various reasons. The five contributions of this part are therefore indispensable to repair this injustice which prevents us from understanding a whole section of the feminist movement.

All to gain is essential, for a feminist library of course, but also for any library of struggle. Its format of short articles makes it accessible, and its wide field of interest gives it an interest for each one.

Adèle (AL Montreuil)

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