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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #279 - unionism, Building: You can try to break us, we will not be silent (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:20:16 +0200
In France, one death per day on construction sites. Those who denounce this are repressed,
harassed, threatened with prison. An exemplary case, with the case Philippe Christmann.
---- Jets of confetti, slogans tagged with water paint: it was April 24, 2014 in the
premises of the French Federation of Building (FFB) in Paris, invaded by fifty activists
and CGT activists. The objective: to challenge this employers' organization on the dead on
the construction site (1 per day worked in France !) And on taking into account the
arduousness in the construction trades. ---- In response, the FFB complains. Until now
everything is fine. We still considered ourselves in a democratic republic. Our naivety is
going to cost dear Philippe Christmann, administrator of the CGT
Construction-Bois-Ameublement federation and the only one pursued for " degradation of
private goods in organized gang ".
On 4 November 2016, at first instance, the criminal court sentenced Philippe to pay 17,000
euros. In session, the prosecutor " explodes " and protests against this sentence too
light ! The prison is, according to his remarks, the only possible alternative. Philippe
then suffers the blocking of his bank account and is threatened with the seizure of his
property. Apart from any kind of thought process ... After the activist, his family
becomes the target !
The No. 2 FFB, then landed at the headquarters of the CGT to propose to stop the procedure
in exchange for 30,000 euros. Yet only the prosecutor can decide whether to stop a
procedure. Does FFB No. 2 imagine having relations within the public prosecutor's office
to obtain this ? Anyway, he went away empty-handed.
The appeal hearing is scheduled for January 15 at the Paris court. We will be there !
Numerous and numerous, determined and not excluding any form of action, considering that
the " republican pact " is broken. They are the ones who wear costumes that dribble with
our blood, but it's us that we embellish !
Support demonstration on Monday, January 15th, 2018
rally at 11:30 am at 33 avenue Kléber, headquarters of the French Building Federation,
Paris 16 (Étoile metro station).
demonstration in the direction of the Place du Châtelet, near the Criminal Court which
will try Philippe Christmann on appeal.
At a time when all the Parisian salons boast of the decline in fatal accidents on
construction sites, the reality is quite different. Only employees of the general scheme
are counted, and again, without the temporary workers. The butcher shop for detached
employees is invisible ... The self-employed workers and craftsmen are not enumerated ...
As for the poor, undocumented and undeclared mice, the bodies are hardly found ... In
short, the carnage becomes the rule and the French Republic authorizes death at work, in
the name of employment, social dialogue and growth !
The case Philippe Christmann is also one of many. Since January 2016, 800 comrades have
been penalized for union offenses or " public order disorder ". A volume that had not
been known since 1968. In a bilateral meeting, the president of the FFB, Jacques Chanut,
had not hesitated to declare us in front: " As soon as I see a CGT, I do as with crows in
a field. I nail it to a pole ! It keeps others away ! "
For the CGT Construction-Wood-Furnishing federation,
Frédéric Mau, Federal Secretary
Construction workers in action, May 27, 2016.
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