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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL September 2017 - Review: Thinking of the struggle with "The Utopians" (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]
Wed, 4 Oct 2017 09:29:15 +0300
Labor law, union unity and representativeness, claims ... Solidaires' quarterly reflection
book makes it possible to debate practices in the social struggle. ---- According to the
major bourgeois media, the return of September, in opposition to the labor law II, would
be undermined, among other things, by a lack of trade union unity. In addition, according
to figures from the Directorate-General for Labor, these " trade union experts "
asserted that the CFDT had become the first trade union force in that country and that the
results were proof of support from employees a trade union organization that defends the
labor law. Add to this the criminalization and repression of social movements, everything
suggests that the re-entry looks rather morose in terms of struggle and resistance to
Everything lets believe ... Indeed ! But it is without counting on the wise view of the
militants of Solidaires that bring a much more pertinent view in their last notebook The
Utopiques of June 2017 (n ° 5) that we had succinctly presented in the last issue of AL.
It's in the boxes that it goes !
In the words of Les Utopiques, it is evident that for the employees of the private as well
as the public, trade union unity constitutes an important guarantee of success when it is
necessary to establish or to reinforce a balance of power with the employers or to
building a mobilization. It is obviously impossible today, at national level, and very
difficult, in companies, to bring together reformist unions and " revolutionary " unions
". The CFDT, during the major mobilisations on pensions, the labor law ..., has chosen to
follow the proposals of the governments of Sarkozy, Holland, and soon Macron. It thus
brings discredit to the trade union movement by positioning itself as a privileged
interlocutor of governments and making trade unions " irresponsible " or even " criminal
" when they are more radical. All the more reason to stick together !
Beyond the differences between trade union organizations, whether structural or
ideological, the intersyndicale remains an important framework that must be lived, as soon
as possible. It is not uncommon to see a unitary SOUTH-CGT-FO-CNT-CNT SO unit, which
brings together the employees and thus allows a more efficient balance of power with
greater chances of victory.
As Utopics points out , an intersyndicale must be regarded " not as a perennial structure
but as a regular space for exchanges, analyzes and conceptions of unitary actions in which
each trade union organization retains its autonomy of decision or decision 'action '.
It is now complicated and illusory to contribute to a unified trade unionism, as has been
the case in the civil service, one of the crucibles of unity of action between trade
unions, as the article on the tax sector .
The trade union movement has split up around the links between political parties and trade
union organizations, the more or less rejection of reformism, the more or less categorical
attachment to a pyramidal structuring, the corporatist expectations of the workers.
Whatever the bourgeois media say, trade union organizations are very conscious of the
interest of the inter-union framework, even if it is sometimes weakened by the positioning
of the apparatus and by electoral strategies. It must first be able to be set up at the
level of the company by highlighting the concrete demands of the employees. The local
struggles then allow for discussion at a broader level, such as the sector of activity or
the national framework.
Thus, the CFDT would be the big winner in the professional elections and the employees by
voting massively for this organization would massively approve the Macron projects ? This
is not the analysis of the comrades of the union committee and the working group on the
elections of TPE of the trade union union Solidaires. Thus, the most recent writing of the
magazine Les Utopiques describes what one might qualify, but it would be an abuse of
language, of national interprofessional representativity.
The law of 2 August 2008 on the renovation of social democracy concerns in particular
trade union representativeness. The text reproduces the essence of the " common position
" signed on 10 April 2008 by Medef, CGPME, CGT and CFDT and modifies the criteria for
representativeness by introducing among them the audience of each trade union organization
measured on the basis of of professional elections. The threshold of representativeness is
fixed at 10 % of the votes in the companies, at 8 % at the level of the professional
branch. At the interprofessional level, organizations with 8 % of the votes at the
national level are recognized as representative .
* more than half of the workers are employed in one of the 1.15 million enterprises with
fewer than 50 employees and that these enterprises are trade union deserts,
* there is a restriction on the participation and eligibility of subcontracted staff,
* elections are carried out at company level (works councils) and not at national level
(thus everyone has no choice but to vote for the trade union organization there is no
* 3.5 million unemployed and 5.6 million public servants are not eligible to vote, as do
the 16 million retired workers who vote in the joint labor organizations. retirement
It is still 25.1 million workers who are deprived of elections, even though
interprofessional negotiations affect all of them !
In addition, 40 % are not organized by employers - who frequently forget to send
elections to the EC - that there is an employer's benevolence to establish the CFDT and to
transfer or to intimidate somewhat too virulent delegates from the South or from the CGT
... Moreover, the EC results for 2016 during the labor law only take into account the TPE
with 7.35 % participation, etc.
The vast majority of wage-earning is therefore far from being acquired at Macron, and we
see it in our boxes. September guarantees us its share of tumults and all police
repression, attempts to criminalize the trade union movement, and the state of emergency
will do nothing. What is certain is that state propaganda is in full swing and that it is
fortunate to have a more objective view, not by " trade union experts ", but by
unionized workers .es.
Marie-Line (AL Lyon)
 François-Xavier Ferrucci, " Union Unity in Taxation" , Les Utopiques, n ° 5, June 2017.
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