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(en) France, Alternative Libertair October (#221) - Soft system: Everyone loses feathers (fr) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 30 Oct 2012 07:43:46 +0200


Plays a social catastrophe in factories Sweet now. Job losses in a group known for its poor working conditions for poultry production in what is the worst in the agro-industry. Back to the social struggle and ecological perspectives. ---- The Doux Group, Europe's leading producer of poultry with 3,400 employees in France and es 700-800 poultry integrated into its production sectors - is in turmoil. Restructuring have succeeded. The tens of millions of euros of aid to the export of EU funds have not prevented the group to reduce over time employment, compress wages of employees and revenues of poultry. ---- A terrible social drama is being played this summer for thousands of families of Britain and France more widely. Many of which provide 800 poultry in poultry plants have not been paid for months. Similarly, wage arrears succeed.

The Group's debt reaches several hundred million euros is due to an expansionary policy by the pressure of the mass distribution, the acquisition of foreign group, the increase in grain prices. Which caused her into liquidation on June 1.

The fight is organized

Mobilization of employees is organized at each site group with rallies, for example, the Inter-Fo-CFDT-CGT CFTC called Saturday, June 30 at a rally in Valves for maintaining jobs, safeguarding tool production, to deny the dismantling of the group and demand the recognition of employee-es and their organizations, Thursday, July 12 parade from the factory Mild Pleudaceuc (56) brought together about 500 people employed es, elected representatives, capita-es. The trader es lowered their curtains to show their solidarity. A snail operation was then conducted to Vannes (7 kms cap).

The Inter, aware of the influence of the family Soft Quimper, including in the Commercial Court, asked the divestiture of the Tribunal in favor of a 'professional jurisdiction. "

Representing the employee-es-es, however, were summoned Tuesday, July 17 to discuss the social contemplated by potential buyers and the group continuation plan Charles Sweet, plan rejected by the unions under the poverty backup plan related employment. Wednesday, August 1, the Commercial Court of Quimper announced two decisions. Firstly, he accepted the continuation plan activities "chicken export goods" and "developed" group Gentle associated with Barclays, which maintain 2,450 jobs ... during an observation period which runs until 30 November Doux engament with up to 2 million backup plan. On the other hand he ordered the liquidation of the group cluster charge and began examining the partial takeover bids. The final decision of the court confirms the deletion of a thousand jobs on the 1700 pole with fresh outright closure of three sites: Graincourt (Pas-de-Calais), The True Cross (Morbihan) for administrative staff and Pontet (Vaucluse).

During the hearing, approximately 200 employees have expressed Soft "anger" at the gates of the palace, to the call of CGT, CFDT and FO. The works council (EC) site Châteaulin (Finistère) - group headquarters - took the prosecutor to Quimper. According to counsel for the EC, it "finds that there is a body of evidence that such indebtedness extremely important for several years, alerts auditors were not followed or extremely important dividend payments while company was already almost bankrupt [...], suggesting that there may have been of serious mismanagement, "said Mr. Riera. Despite this, the family Soft, 146th French fortune, refuses to use its property to save the group. While revenue rose 18% between 2010 and 2011 when, in 2008 each employee are received under the profit sharing 83 cents!

A model review

It's been years that the family Soft, one of the few large employers in rural Brittany, plays its heavy weight in the economy to exploit its employee-es, pump and subsidies to the law on non-poultry market labeled and junk food. The Doux Group has maintained until now turning massively export (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Russia, China ...) flowing passing local poultry in Africa. It flooded the French market for Brazilian poultry destabilize the market and its own local suppliers!

It is known for its factories working conditions of another age (falls, collisions, TMS [ 1 ], cuts), absenteeism record personal non-payment by the pause time, the repression of union teams, its wages around the minimum wage ...). The factory father Dodu Quimper example had a frequency rate of accidents of 98.88% a year [ 2 ]!

For the Confédération Paysanne "Sweet monopolized public funds: more than a billion in 15 years. It is the failure of an agricultural policy that ignores farmers and employment. " For us libertarian communist system Soft is the epitome of exploitation of workers and peasants (line work, livestock concentration ...) in rural areas. This is one more example of the collusion between public authorities, local bourgeoisie and shareholders.

For farmer-ne-s, the workers concerned-es, Crisis Group Doux carries a strong contradiction that completely obscures the media system: The need to fight to maintain the activity and the employment - simply because "to eat" - is only highlighted when the need no longer working conditions and dehumanized by being underpaid is not even imagined. Nor does mention that he would finish with methods of production and agro-industry guilty of multiple pollution and a poor quality of food ... As for animal welfare, it is simply ignored ... ... "

Moreover, as all these redundancies consequences of an economy dominated by a small minority, and consequently a real fight against poverty and unemployment through a questioning of the capitalist organization of labor of the devastation imposed on nature continue as this privileged minority has the means to enforce its decisions through state structures.

Convergence social and ecological

Soft system also should be a perfect example of a possible convergence between social struggles and ecological struggles ... It is further necessary that there is a political will to ask the right questions and defend a logical convergence between ecological struggles and social struggles.

The need for solidarity with the workers of Soft threatened to be thrown es-es to find an extension of unemployment more effectively by questioning joint damage capitalists. Convergence can impose progress towards a changing sector of poultry based on family farms and decentralized facilities for the preparation of meat. Which would mean no more jobs, better working conditions, respect for the environment ... all of which can be financed collectively reclaiming capitalist profits.

What today may seem like a sweet dream ... can not be realized if such a view is supported widely within the peasantry and the working class. The unions are not the majority, far from it, on such a line. More reason not to waste time and defend this logic all around us, both in the direction of our workmates and within our unions where possible.

Ecology Commission AL

[ 1 ] TMS musculoskeletal disorder.

[ 2 ] According to Raymond Dykes, CGT union representative, on average, nearly one accident per year per employee.
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