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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - Rebuilding the tools of our struggles (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 27 Sep 2017 08:57:41 +0300

Employees of the private sector, civil servants, precarious, unemployed, students or retired, we are all in the spotlight of Macron's projects. How to build the "all together" to stop the offensive of the bourgeoisie carried by the Macron government ? ---- Restoring confidence in collective struggles ---- Nothing is worse than denying the difficulties. The weight of unemployment and precariousness weighs on the vitality of the trade unions in each enterprise and hinders the extension of strikes. The decline of combative militant traditions goes hand in hand. In order to restore confidence in the strength of collective struggle, we must learn the lessons of our failures in 2010 and 2016. First of all, let us admit that large massive demonstrations and repeated strike days are no longer enough to win. The challenge is therefore to build a permanent contestation, carried out every day until victory. But how to reach the general strike in today's conditions ?

The spark

Sometimes it is the combativeness of a single professional sector or the educated youth that comes the spark that drives everyone. From this point of view, the day of 21 September should be, wherever the balance of power permits, the beginning of a strike that can be renewed in as many sectors as possible. But the spark is each and every one of us who must carry it in his workshop, his service, his classroom, his office, his city. It is not enough to sing the general strike for it to happen ; it is necessary to prepare and organize it with his colleagues. And it starts with meetings, discussions, General Assemblies. Regain the right to meet on working time with the beard of the boss or executives who refuse the entrance to the canteen ... We are home! The first spark is often a very small thing, a leaflet stuck on the coffee machine ...

Strike, blockage, sabotage

The day of strike is all too often wasted trampling behind the sandwich trucks. On the contrary, it should be useful to reflect on the follow-up, the reinforcement and the acceleration of mobilization, service by service, company by company. The opportunity of AG in the industrial zones and in the cities to meet the employees of the other sectors, and other unions. And when the balance of forces is too weak to declare the strike renewable, the most energetic teams must imagine other modes of action: blockages, filtering, slowing down and sabotage of economic activity.

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For a movement that includes all young people, precarious people, retired people ... there must be General Assemblies by city, capable of stimulating all actions that can multiply initiatives aimed at industrial zones and the major axes of transport. In the Paris region, for example, should we not alternate the central events in Paris with days of local events that would make it easier for colleagues who work and live far from the capital ? Same thing in all regions ...

Self management

It is in these forms of collective management of struggles that each one takes confidence and can invest, be useful. It is also the best school to make credible the project to build a society rid of chiefs and bosses !

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