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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #226 - Boxes fight: What the fuck are we waiting for fire? (fr) [machine translation
Sat, 13 Apr 2013 17:29:01 +0300
Box after box ads by thousands of layoffs are increasing. The employee-es are struggling
to save their taf, but it is far from a struggle together. It is urgent to coordinate
struggles to work our watchwords and consider another mode of production, breaking with
capitalism. ---- Everywhere. The multiplication of plant closures is a phenomenon that
affects not only France, but throughout Europe. The reasons? Setting international
competition "costs" of labor by capitalists, the movement and concentration of production
units worldwide, the market logic that leads to close profitable plants ... In France,
names are scattered amidst a gloomy geography of industrial disaster: Petroplus, Goodyear,
ArcelorMittal, General Motors, PSA, Rio Tinto, Fralib, Freescale, Technicolor, Renault ...
No region is spared.
Beyond industry, redundancy plans are underway: Sanofi Presstalis, Conforama, Virgin ...
And do not forget the non-renewal policy officials that continues to affect a significant
portion of the public service.
There is anger, but for the moment she can not speak out en masse. No major day of action
worthy of the name, very few practical convergence of struggles. There is first the habit
of trying to get out individually, which feeds resignation. Fear is difficult to overcome
to reach the stage of collective struggle and to not let desperation grow - and with
despair, work-related suicides or deprivation of employment. Bosses blithely benefit,
especially for blackmail employment through the "productivity agreements." We pay by the
disintegration of social ties due to the weakening of collective defense tools and control
that are unions. This is the second element.
Forget the accompanying unionism kind of capitalism that can be CFDT itself confederate
contradiction between its base and that employer is under attack, as Florange. If we stick
to control unionism, especially CGT and South Solidarity, the difficulties are numerous.
Found at the base of many teams in the boxes militant CGT affected. But there is a real
difficulty to coordinate wider than local, perhaps because there are currently no
confederal will build a broad movement on the issue of employment . Seen for example on
the issue of the agreement CFDT-MEDEF on the "job security" announcement of mobilization
date March 5 by the CGT and FO, refusing at the national level by the outstretched hand
FSU and Partners to mobilize together. It remains in display logic and not to build a
relationship of forces in favor of workers and employees. Solidarity at the location in
the private, up in recent years, is still not large enough to successfully weigh heavily
nationally on the subject.
Convergence of struggles
However, the desire to unite the struggles are at the base. We have seen in recent weeks a
number of initiatives starting control committees, general assemblies of strikers or
interunion county (events, meetings ...). But they remain, for the moment, mainly meetings
of activists convinced es. To overcome the difficulties in building convergences, it is
already that are employee-fighting continue to have joint initiatives. The objective is to
build a broader movement that restores confidence to employee-es: yes it is possible to
fight and even win. Fear must change sides!
We know that there is nothing to expect from a government that shows that the state is not
a backup solution for workers. Right and left governments are ass-licking employers. Thus,
it is currently the fool who wants to give Montebourg fiber but justifies all social
attacks, such as the 7500 Renault job cuts. Valls is the baton wielding the new "red
menace" and "dangerous class", with the striking workers ouvrierset as thugs, all taken
very complacent by most mainstream media.
But more importantly, behind in ambush, is the extreme right which seeks to butter her on
the crisis, such as the National Front being able to spend a few years of ultra-liberal
discourse in a pseudo- social. It is so widely retrieve people who are afraid of losing
their job, crisis, foreigners ... If we do not deal much in the field, they are our
enemies and our enemies in charge .
Although the word order banning layoffs remains strong in the early events involved, there
is a lack of unity in the claims of social movement: Securing employment, prohibition of
dismissals stock, veto es in the employee works councils ... These differences are related
to the objectives of the structures that carry (make proposals to unify the struggles,
mobilize employee-es ...). But readability is not obvious.
Beyond this is the question that is asked of protectionism by some as an alternative to
free trade to protect jobs in France. Referring back to back these two policies,
Libertarian Alternative proposes the notion of autonomy productive. Reduce production to
the needs of the people, to break with productivism. Reduce working time and profits. It
is also an environmental issue. There's tracks to popularize not only be in a defensive
position, but to put forward alternative self-management, anti-capitalist and
environmentally friendly society.
Simon Laviec (AL Saint-Denis)
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