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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL Décembre - Melenchavism: The unions behind me ! (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]
Tue, 26 Dec 2017 09:18:08 +0200
Mélenchon had promised us. The million, the million demonstrators against the ordinances !
Then he went back. Is it sourness that explains his charge against " the unions " who do
not wish to follow suit ? But who is the leader of insubordinate France ? ---- In his
blog and in the media, Jean-Luc Mélenchon has played the big arms until his march of 23
September in Paris. Given the very relative success of this national rise and the
criticisms of his hegemonic approach, he declared that he allowed the trade unions "to
take control " of the organization of the struggle against the ordinances. Too kind,
thank you ! Then, faced with the very real difficulties of trade unionists in developing a
solid strike movement, he began to blame unions, their divisions and their independence
for being responsible for the situation. Excerpts from General Méluche's blog, October 31:
" The Charter of Amiens constantly invoked again will have had good back. It is high time
that many who refer to it to stigmatize the presence of political organizations in the
social struggle are wondering whether this document dating from 1905 and resulting from
the battle between Marxists and anarchists at the beginning of the previous century must
remain a dogma without nuance 111 years later. Because this text fixes a strategy of
workers' unity by keeping at a distance the "socialist sects" (at the time, in 1905, there
are five socialist parties) to allow the triggering of the "general revolutionary strike"
... Among the leaders of the current social movement, which intends to prepare today a
"revolutionary general strike" as provided for in the "charter of Amiens" ? No one ! "
" Of course, on November 16, you have to be in the union mobilization. As at every stage,
the insubordinate France mobilizes alongside the unions while the opposite is never true.
Nobody, including those who give lessons, mobilizes so much. We must end this hypocrisy.
In any case, I say it clearly: political organizations have their place in the
mobilization and the conduct of the social resistance movement. "
These excerpts call for comment: parties electoral workers today are in the same state of
fragmentation and sectarianism at the turn of XX th century. With the Amiens Charter -
which dates from 1906 and not from 1905 - the anarchists and revolutionary syndicalists
had two objectives: to preserve the unity of the CGT from the rivalries between political
factions ; to protect the workers' movement from reformist illusions. Obviously, the
Charter is still relevant ! If too few union activists - we are - still mention the
general strike expropriator, alas the melenchonists are shining on this ground neither in
congresses, nor in the AG ...
The externality claimed by the social movement is striking. To pretend that " nobody
mobilizes as much " as the IF is otherwise grotesque except to justify Mélenchon's claims
to direct trade union activity. We do not need political leaders but builders and builders
Finally, we must once again recall that Mélenchon bears a direct responsibility for the
disenchantment and wait-and-seeism that strike the proletariat for having been so long a
leader and surety for the PS, senator, secretary of state in the service of liberal policies.
Producers and producers, let's save ourselves !
Jean-Yves (AL 93-center)
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