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(en) France: Alternative libertaire - AL - a book on the history of the UTCL (fr)
Thu, 30 May 2013 18:03:48 +0300
Théo Rival - Syndicalistes et libertaires. Une histoire de l'UTCL (1974-1991) -- éd.
Alternative libertaire, 2013, 316 pages, €12. ---- In 1976, a group of young workers was
expelled from the Organisation Révolutionnaire Anarchiste (ORA) and created the Union des
Travailleurs Communistes Libertaires (UTCL). They were supporters of a form of
trade-unionism based on direct action and soon found themselves heavily involved in the
resistance to the shift within the Confédération Française Démocratique du Travail (CFDT).
---- In the '80s, when the ebb in social struggles proved to be fatal for part of the far
left, the UTCL was instead able to survive by linking its fortunes to that part of the
left within the CFDT which, in the spirit of May 1968, would go on to create the SUD
unions (Solidaires Unitaires Démocratiques).
From the huge strikes in 1974 to the birth of a coordination of strikers in 1986,
recounting the history of the UTCL is like having a good slice of the workers' movement's
history as a backdrop.
Thanks to this research into the UTCL, which taps into previously unexplored CFDT
archives, this study seeks to identify the role played by this original revolutionary
current, syndicalist and libertarian at one and the same time.
* * *
The book contains four valuable appendices:
a rich iconographic selection on the ORA and the UTCL;
the political review document adopted in 1991 by the UTCL at the time of its break-up;
a previously-unpublished interview on the ORA with Patrice Spadoni and Thierry Renard;
a long interview with 12 former members of the UTCL.
To order the book [which is entirely in French - tr.], please visit: the Alternative
Libertaire online shop.
The book will be launched by the author and several former UTCL members during the
Self-Management Fair at Montreuil on Saturday 8 June at 5 pm (Seine-Saint-Denis).
Translation by FdCA - International Relations Office.
Related Link: http://www.alternativelibertaire.org
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