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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #294 - CGT Congress: Beyond postural debates (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 15 May 2019 09:51:33 +0300

The era of Soviet congresses is a long way off. Exciting exchanges are shaking CGT congresses, led by delegates from the far left or neo-Stalinist groups. But in Dijon, for the 52 th Confederal Congress is a clash between different sensitivities that PCF will play out. ---- In Alternative Libertaire of March, we analyzed the conference documents and the issues by emphasizing that the texts submitted to the vote, often confused and contradictory, reflected well the state of the CGT where the strategic debates on the nature of unionism do not oppose not a radicalized base to a wait-and-see direction but divide the apparatus from top to bottom. ---- The network Our CGT, launched by Info 'com and unions or UL Nord-Pas-de-Calais, does not seem to have exceeded the scope of his usual contacts, largely structured around the personality of Mickaël Wamen (ex-Goodyear) . More worrying for the confederal leadership is the call to demonstrate on April 27 launched by the federations of Chemistry and Commerce, with the support of several DUs including three large: Val-de-Marne, North and Bouches-du-Rhone [1]. Against Macron and for a " popular front ", rallied by the stalino-patriots of the PRCF and insubordinate France, this event on the eve of the congress is set to count, and weigh ! At the time of writing, it is difficult to predict what the result will be.

The first debate will focus on the balance of the combativity of the Confederal leadership, and its responsibility in the inability of the social movement to expand from the El Khomri law to yellow vests. Difficult to hear a balanced criticism between, on the one hand, the self-justification of the confederal leadership and, on the other hand, the ranting of some. An example on Paris: the calls to demonstrate with the yellow vests on Saturday, left Communaux, taken by the UD 75 then 94, have never, alas, gathered more than two handles of Cégétistes.

The stalls are excited about the WSF
The international question will also be the occasion of clashes. Admittedly, the confederal position is understandable - " We remain in the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and in the International Trade Union Confederation, but we bring the debate and we are looking for links with the trade union forces interesting outside " - but there is enough to remain cautious, because to fight politically in the CES is a promise hardly kept since the adhesion of the CGT, in 1999 ...

Stall groups, in turn, make joining the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) an identity issue. Some federations and UD have already taken the plunge [2]. On the other hand, a text (" For an internationalism in action ") recalls that unions as combative as the KCTU of South Korea are members of the ITUC, while some " unions " of the WFTU are only state appendices ( Syria, Sudan, North Korea ...).

It is therefore possible that the pro-FSM focus on a withdrawal of the CGT out of the CES, especially as the election of the leader of the CFDT, Laurent Berger, at the head of the CES, if it will not change anything to its general orientation, will be an easy symbol to shake in the heat of a congress.

Jean-Yves (AL 93 center)

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