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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #310 - Unionism, RATP: faced with calumnies, the choice of pedagogy (de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]
Sun, 22 Nov 2020 09:10:15 +0200
How to "react well" when trade unionists are defamed using negrophobic and
anti-Semitic stereotypes ? In the context of a sad affair, Solidaires-RATP has
waived a legal complaint, and preferred an argument accessible to all. ---- In
Alternative Libertaire of July-August , we saw how the "unified" solidarity fund
CGT-Solidaires a posteriori helped the strikers of the RATP. Unfortunately, it
has also provided some with the opportunity to afford a slice of primary
anti-unionism, and worse yet. Thus, at the beginning of May, activists from
SUD-RATP (which, despite its name, has nothing to do with Solidaires) and La Base
(a pseudo-union) accused Solidaires and the CGT of having embezzled the money. of
the cash register.
A first message sent via WhatsApp and Facebook to dozens of agents suggested that
the CGT-RATP would have spent half of the money to carry out work in the castle
it owns in Fontenay-les- Briis, and Solidaires-RATP the other half for a karting
evening with "National Solidaires"...
A few days later, it was a photo of two officials of the CGT and Solidaires,
crossed out with the words "700,000/2 = ???", Implying that the money would have
been embezzled by these two activists ...
But that was just the start. A first video then circulated. It reveals a black
individual, sporting heavy golden necklaces. The dubbing, produced by one of the
directors of La Base, makes the character say: "Yeah well man, you see, the
strike fund of 700,000 euros CGT-Solidaires, I turned it into gold and I wear it
around the neck now, you see ... Hahaha !"All with an accent supposed to be"
African"worthy of the worst sketches of Michel Leeb.
"Shut up, you'll get nothing at all !""
The next day, rebelote. In a new video, he's a character from The Truth If I Lie.
The dubbing, with a supposedly Sephardic accent, make him say: " CGT-Solidaires,
we have 700,000 euros, my friend ..." Another, who asks him: "And, that's when we
..."Picks up a slap and a"Shut up, you'll get nothing at all !So here are two
clichés, one negrophobic, the other anti-Semitic, conveyed in a concerted manner
by the leaders of SUD-RATP and La Base: the black thief and bling-bling ; the
thief and greedy Jew.
The CGT chose to ignore these baseness so as not to advertise them. Solidaires
denounced them in a press release and considered filing a complaint. But, in the
end, the members voted for the production of a "video report" of the strike fund,
in which these racist content would be deciphered. The video will be broadcast
after the second distribution of checks, that is to say very soon. It is
therefore the choice of pedagogy rather than recourse to bourgeois justice, which
would have publicly brought RATP activists face to face. A position which is all
the more delicate as no RATP union has publicly supported Solidaires ...
This story says a lot about the ordinary racism that pollutes the working class,
and the work of deconstruction that the unions have to carry out.
Alexis (UCL Saint-Denis)
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