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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #280 - Trade unions: To fight to remain "the unavoidable interlocutor"? (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 28 Feb 2018 08:26:57 +0200

As the yellow unions gain ground, reformist unions may be tempted to emulate their conciliatory attitude. They have no choice but to demonstrate their nuisance capacity. ---- During the battles of 2016-2017, the position of the yellow confederations (CFDT, Unsa, CFTC) has, of course, weighed heavily against the possible enlargement.[...] ---- Seeing the CFDT munching its ground, and not taking advantage of the combative posture of 2016, FO leadership turned around in 2017, capitulating to the Labor XXL law.[...]Even put in minority by his national confederal committee, Jean-Claude Mailly will have largely succeeded in disarming his troops without it seems that the episode opens a crisis in this confederation. ---- Unlike 2010 when the CGT leadership had deliberately put in the search for a general strike, while the movement was massive, Philippe Martinez, who took the reins of the confederation at a congress in full sequence against El Khomri displayed a more combative attitude, accepting the need to put the general strike in debate in the companies. The debate on the interpretation of this change is not closed: real turning left or simple posture ?[...]

In any case, very few sectors have really " put the general strike in debate " and even fewer have managed to achieve! Simply confessing the confederal leadership would not understand that a large part of the trade union leadership and business did not mobilize at the height of the stakes. That is why, if we criticize the Confederal leadership CGT for not having clearly called for a general strike renewable, or at least several consecutive days of strike to try to start the pump, we doubt the the impact that a clear appeal would have had in this context. The Union Syndicale Solidaires, despite a more offensive and voluntary national position, has also not demonstrated an ability to trigger a significant movement in any sector.[...]

Race for recognition
The FSU, hit hard by the generational changeover, remained globally behind[...]. While the CNT-SO is fighting major struggles in some sectors and localities, this has not translated into sustainable movements. The weakness of the CNT does not allow it to weigh on the entry into strike reconductible any sector whatsoever[...]

It remains a question about the attitude that would have taken Martinez and the Confederal leadership CGT face a generalization that would be part of the base. The answer is hard to give. But it is possible to say that the yellow bureaucrats and the reformist bureaucrats today play in two very different registers to be the " unavoidable interlocutor ", which is the dream of any trade union bureaucracy from the company to the plan. national.

The function recognized by the bourgeoisie in the yellow block CFDT-CFTC-Unsa is to prevent strikes from being triggered. They are largely rewarded by the employers and the government for this role. It seems that FO is seeking to return to the race for this recognition.[...]

The CGT - and to a lesser extent the FSU - would then be the last resort of the bosses to find compromises and stop the strike if it starts anyway.

As for Union Syndicale Solidaires, having not had the opportunity to take on this role at the national level, it is impossible to swear that it would be good as a national interprofessional tool, to turn a general strike into a revolutionary episode. .[...]

Federal Coordination of LA, January 2018 (excerpt)

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