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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #226 - Boxes fight: What the fuck are we waiting for fire? (fr) [machine translation

Date 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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