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(en) France, Alternative Libertair #219 - South-Education: A federation rejuvenated and feminized (fr) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 15 Oct 2012 17:16:55 +0200

Held from May 21 to 25 in Montpellier, the Sixth Congress of the Federation-South Education was attended by nearly 300 delegates for the 71 unions and nearly 5,000 members that make up the union. ---- The top of its 16 years, the federation South Education is one of the deans of the "galaxy" alternative union gathered today in Solidarity Trade Union. Organizing all of the personal union field, whatever their status and function, most often at the departmental level, South Continuing Education of wanting to live a struggle unionism, international and inter-categorical. Difficult against a field dominated by trade union organizations the majority - FSU and UNSA - marked by corporatism and often mired in co. ---- That difficult, but not impossible. And the federation South Education representative managed to get last elections in October 2011

[1]. In terms of voting methods (electronic ...) and new rules of representation, it was an achievement for South Education to take this test. It must be recognized that this "victory" remains modest and in several elections, South Education recorded declines evidencing still insufficiently developed, but also a lack of visibility and strategic coherence that has increased in recent years with exempleplusieurs by "failures" in calls for national strike for example.

What federalism?

Completing a year of intense activism in Education, the Sixth Congress has failed to preparation. It was nevertheless apparent that central issues was the question of the federal project implemented by unions Southern Education. Two visions seem to oppose between comrades, haunted by the "risk bureaucratic", supporters of federalism as a minimum, braced on the "autonomy of trade unions", and others wishing a federation capable of reacting to daily , to be a support to the local business unions, weigh in the struggles of his professional field [2]. And if this debate is indeed central, it is not today resulted in South Education.

Two hundred amendments

"Development of the union and strategy guidance," "Schools Early Childhood at the University? "Or" Southern Education and Solidarity trade union landscape in the national and international "nearly thirty texts and almost 200 amendments (!) Were supposed to feed the work of Congress ... Quite inevitably, it will have been due to the initial architecture of Congress and some discussions are postponed including the Investment Partners. But Congress is also an important moment in the life of an organization, the opportunity to take the pulse. And for once, under delegation, said Congress gave the image of a feminized and rejuvenated Federation has largely begun the handover between the generation of the outcome of the fighting Sgen-CFDT and / or School emancipated forged in the social movements of 2003, 2006 and 2010. Pressed union field more dynamic South Continuing Education undoubtedly embody a rallying point for those who fight for "another society and another school."

Libertarian Communists of South Education

[1] See "Education: elections trapped" in AL No. 213 January 2012

[2] An old dualism persists between ideological and radical labor union struggle pragmatic yet. See "Fifth Congress: between utopia and unionism ground" in AL No. 185 of June 2009.
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