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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL Novembre - Right of reply: About the Social Front Collective (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:13:17 +0200

Laurent Degousée, activist South-Commerces, wanted to react to texts published in AL from July-August and October on the Social Front, of which he is a member. ---- In a feature published in your journal last month titled " What is the Social Front ? Your organization expresses its differences with our collective. Even if, without going back to the relationship between Proudhon and Marx summarized in the recent film devoted to him, the right to criticism and controversy are fundamental in the labor movement, we say we have to do here at a strange obsession when, in your issue of this summer, the articles relating to the social re-entry and the last congress of Solidaires were already not very friendly with regard to its action.
Can we describe as a media bubble, or even a small group, a movement that counts, less than six months after its launch, about sixty local collectives and more than one hundred and fifty organizations at the national level ? How to tax us to set up a new organization when we are not only attached to our respective power plants but we want to regroup all those who want to fight with Macron, where it is precisely the lack of coordination that weighs in the power struggle ? Finally, if we talk less about the Social Front in recent times, is not it because its orientation has since flourished through an early response to the ordinances, just as our constant calls for unity that took shape with the meeting called by Solidaires on October 4th ?

Finally, to finish by inviting us to do our work of unionists of struggle and of class within our organizations rather than outside of them, it is to despise the trade union work of comrades who decided, strong lessons of last year's mobilization against the Labor law, to add a rope to their bow by building the Social Front, that they come from SUD Commerce, whose contribution to the fight Deliveroo's deliverers is also highlighted in the same newspaper, SUD Poste 92, majority in their department, or Info'Com CGT whose communication is wrong to be more audible than that of their confederation.

Moreover, in your constitutive charter, it is a question of " the formation of a social Front of the syndical and associative organizations of struggle, around a common program of protest, in complete independence of the political parties and the State. " The consistency with this objective should rather lead your organization to invest in the existing Social Front, as was the case for the author of these lines is in the collective Blocks All you initiated, rather than the to denigrate incessantly, in your publication as in the unions where we campaign together.

Laurent Degousée (SOUTH Commerce, member of the Social Front)

Our answer:

In an answer to our newspaper, one of the leaders of the Social Front accuses us of " a strange obsession " for his collective which would bring together nearly 150 organizations and 60 local collectives, justifying that one lends some interest in these columns. These local collectives, which bring together a variety of realities and are often an alliance of local goodwill to resist, are in no way the target of criticism that we address to the " national animation " of this collective.

Likewise, it is a bad trial to blame ourselves for not supporting the orientation of the FS. Unity, construction of the general strike: we do not disagree with that as we said in the previous issue and have written it many times.

On the other hand, we have a problem with avant-garde practices and the hoax that consists in making believe that by regrouping some very active political and union activists / ves we can make believe " the regrouping of all those and those who want to resist Macron ". To do and say that is to ignore the work that remains to be done: that of conviction. First, to convince colleagues that government projects are bad for them and them, then it is useful to mobilize by the strike to block them and try to convince the majority of that. This is of course a thankless job of touring, discussions, hours of information etc. But this ungrateful work, some comrades of the Social Front are already leading in their business, for example at La Poste and are repressed by the box for that.

This is why we understand all the more badly that it is not that which is put forward as a prospect instead of vain attacks against the " union directorates ". Today, we have difficulties to mobilize. The inter-union strategy is a factor. But it is far from the only one and it is not by masking the difficulties encountered by the revolutionary activists in the workplace behind some slogans and big sentences that we will move towards the construction of a real united front.

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