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(en) France, Alternative Counter Currants # 236 (August 2012) (fr) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 17 Nov 2012 11:41:09 +0200


As every year, ACC (Alsatian, Against The current: http://www.acontrecourant.org appears during the holidays. Number 236 (dated August 2012) was deposited at the sorting center of Mulhouse Monday, August 13, 2012. It must therefore have been deposited into your mailbox Saturday, August 18 at the latest (ACC depends on a transportation contract "J 4"). When receiving later, thank you for the report and protest at the Post Office. --The organization of the defense of a free press is revived in this issue 236. Thank you for continuing to broadcast two pages published on this subject in the issue No. 232 and that it appeared in No. 236 . You can also check the "Free Press in danger." Do not forget to sign the petition if you have not already done so by clicking here.

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Summary

Page 1 Editorial: The challenge of collective redundancies - layoffs (pablié also in facsimile No. 236Bis
Page 2-4 Seeds: all power to the multinational
Page 4 European court condemns biodiversity
Page 5 and 6 Magazine "Z" folder .... ionizing!
Page 6 Review "Neither country nor boundaries"
Arab uprisings. Tunisia. Egypt
Page 7-10 A putrefying capitalism?
Page 10 Banks and tax havens
Page 11 and 12 Distribution of wealth: blind spot
Page 13 During the audits, the regressions continue
Page 14 Free press (yet) Endangered (6)
Page 15 Meetings and Lectures
Page 16 To our readers

Editorial The challenge of layoffs

There is no doubt that the wave of layoffs that swept into France for a few weeks - the most spectacular being that on the website of PSA Aulnay - have been delayed until after the presidential election in an unsuccessful attempt to Sarkozy to save the day. But it must not be forgotten that this is, more fundamentally, the foreseeable consequences of the recession, more precisely even the main cause of it, namely wage austerity raging across Europe. So it is not surprising that these redundancies are concentrated in the branches producing consumer durables, such as automotive and construction.

Faced with these layoffs, which probably announce more in the coming months, the workers directly involved and their unions can not simply organize purely defensive struggles, to save as many jobs as possible or to obtain the best compensation in the context of so-called "social plans". Still less should they applaud, as some of these organizations have begun to do, projects to boost industrial production, advanced or supported by a government that has made one of his hobby horses, do not undermine the current standards of production and consumption. What rhymes, for example, start building electric cars when it comes to not only transform all existing modes of travel but also, more fundamentally, the production of social space in order to avoid displacement constrained by the dispersion of the various economic and social activities or aberration that is the substitution flow of heavy vehicles on roads and highways stocks of companies?

Because, if workers do not want to suffer the rule of capital, which makes them a simple adjustment variable subject to the fluctuations of the order book, they must begin to (re) appropriate issues to the purpose of the use of the productive forces of society to ask what should be produced and how it should be produced and fight to impose the purposes and methods of production in accordance with social needs and environmental constraints. And this requirement applies not only to private sector employees as well but for those employed in the public sector: the face of austerity policies that strike cuts public services of education and health, this is similar to a collective effort of imagination they are invited. Without being able to meet this challenge, condemn the workers to waive any capacity for social transformation.
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