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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - unionism, Goodyear: They followed their conscience and heart (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:48:03 +0200

"The baton and the bar will slow their response to the collapse of an unjust system that falters under the weight of its own emptiness. For us to survive and, quickly, bring about the dawn." ---- Today in France, one goes to jail for defending his work. A French court ruled thus: eight former employees of Goodyear will suffer from nine months in prison and 15 months in prison, suspended for thirty hours sequestration without physical harm of two members of their management. ---- We will take these eight men and lock them in a cell - for weeks, we will deprive them of freedom and send a clear message to other workers: those who resist station to keep their jobs or dignity! A good worker, says the French judiciary, is a sheep, a creature that looks down and her arms, who accepts his fate without flinching and can therefore fired or mistreated casually.

Violence is the work world center

A lawyer who approves the verdict, described the trial as a sign "that violence has no place in the world of work". [1] It was all wrong. Violence is at the center of the world work, it is everywhere, from the most basic human exchanges to large boards where plays the lives of thousands of individuals. Work is violence: violence of the hierarchy, the repetitiveness of violence, violence dividends and large salaries, relocations and violence efforts in the fear of flying jobs; Violence therefore a system built on the idea that profit should reign supreme on human relations and should make it all the sacrifices.

Only this violence will never put on trial and its instigators - the bosses, CEOs, major shareholders, managers - will never be disturbed by the courts. We should even admire them and consider their work as a summit of Western civilization ... Those who benefit from the work of others who would be nothing without the hundreds of hands at their service, are regarded by politicians as messiahs: away from their slap on the wrist, one makes them presents very strong hope that they will reduce unemployment which nevertheless strong suits them well.

Their violence, that of the easy life, the ease and especially the power to destroy, signature, the fate of other human beings, then this violence is protected, maintained, perfected by the state and the system Economic generally.

Demonstration on February 12, 2013 in Rueil. Photo Report cc Marie-Au Krasnyi

Blocking, occupation, sequestration, reappropriation of machinery and equipment

That the eight Amiens-Nord have done is show them that violence towards a plant closure that puts 1.173 employees on the floor is as concrete as that of staying locked in a room for thirty hours with a handful of trade unionists. And what sequestration! It was just an appetizer, a small sample.

A woman or a man who loses his job is a paycheck that disappears, it's perhaps a family thrown into the throes of financial instability, perhaps in poverty. This violence deprives the human being his livelihood and ordered him to get by in a world where unemployment is rampant, where industries are collapsing and where workers of a certain age have fled like the plague by DRH. These are whole days of suffering, anguish and humiliation.

They should have, the eight of Amiens and all comrades, accepting their salaries reduced and their working conditions deteriorate? Should they have to bow to blackmail a company that, in 2014, the year of the alleged acts, recorded a net profit of 2.45 billion? No, they followed their conscience and heart.

When facing a coalition of interests as powerful and a philosophy in which the human capital is a value we put in columns and that strikes out, a pencil stroke, violence is sometimes legitimate. The strike is not always enough and blocking, occupation, sequestration, the recovery of machinery and equipment often become a necessity.

"The smell of burnt tires" Back on the struggles of the workers and workers of Goodyear, Dunlop and Continental
A night darker

We hope, for the good of our comrades that convictions will be overturned on appeal or, at minimum, fitted. But this good news would somehow spoiled by the fate of all those languishing in cells, for one night or one hundred, for defending their right to live honestly, against the violence of the rich or that of the State.

It seems that we have in the coming years, to sink us in a night darker. While the poor are daily poorer and the rich richer every day, European governments choose the path of order and criminalize any action that would oppose the status quo. The baton and the bar will slow their response to the collapse of an unjust system that falters under the weight of its own emptiness. For us to survive and, quickly, bring about the dawn.

Today is a little light we turn on for eight Amiens-Nord: we have not forgotten you and we support you in spirit. Tomorrow, perhaps, we will be in your place.

Julien Clamence (AL Brussels)

[1] Le Monde, January 12, 2016

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