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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #226 - Industrial restructuring: Changing Lives! (fr) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:32:10 +0300


If we can understand that the defense of employment is the first battle to be fought against the employers and the state, behind, there is also the issue of redistribution of wealth and that of industrial restructuring. ---- Claim history of unionism social transformation brought by Solidarity and yet a part of the CGT, industrial conversion can question both the way we produce what we produce. They are often well-employee unions and are involved in these battles that are the most "visionary" them / they know more production tool and see longer term, putting aside the aspect of "profits" . This is often due to union work performed for several years as alternatives to redundancy have been proposed. The few existing measures in terms of anticipation and management planning of employment protection is largely insufficient.

Could - if you wanted to schematize - see two possibilities for industrial redeployment without necessarily making them distinct. The first is often related to issues of dangerousness production and the direct consequences that are not necessarily related that "the final product" is harmful to the environment or social utility.

Purpose and method of production

It is the possibility of reduced risk for employees who work there-es, replacing some components manufacturing by others. This is an opportunity to revive the debate on methods of work organization detrimental to the employee-es and impose a more comprehensive view of what is meant by the work itself.

Other side of the industrial conversion, it is the transformation or production on the final product. Two examples can be iconic. The first concerns the automotive sector, but also its industry on which there is much to discuss: the social utility of the car in traffic patterns - which is in itself a public debate on the shared use cars, public transport, distance work, home, etc.. It is also based on simple questions that employees and users must successfully bring together, as the replacement of the current model with non-polluting cars, instead of the rail freight industry.

Industrial conversion is not green capitalism

Another example of the military industry: just look at Snecma-Safran, " jewel of French industry "for aviation, to see how the government and employers have class interests to prevent any industrial restructuring. Hence the interest of the organization of the self Fair in 2012 - and in 2013 - on the question of the recovery of production choices.

Finally, it is not enough to produce " pretty green cars "for successful industrial restructuring as we bring and defend. The issue of industrial restructuring can not be overlooked in a libertarian communist project, and should serve as red wire for lasting change in society. There is therefore no question of conversion summarize industrial capitalism greener, cleaner or just less productivist. This is the role that an organization like Libertarian Alternative to play, taking into account all sectors of industrial conversion, without diverting from its original purpose and revolutionary.

Robert K (AL Montreuil)
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