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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #283 - Nantes: The convergence of struggles is being built ! (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 14 May 2018 08:28:14 +0300

The social situation in Nantes is marked by a dynamic of convergence of struggles. Multiform, it combines different components of the social movement - CGT and Solidarity Departmental Unions, Farmers' Confederation, Housing Rights or Gasprom, Zad inhabitants, autonomous - who manage to discuss together and often coordinate their actions. ---- The premises took place within the Nantes collective " On Block All " [1], in which people from the Zad participated. The latter then made other steps by going to support pickets, in front of the Nantes Atlantique airport or at the Donges refinery. This solidarity takes today more organized forms, with the creation of a " supply network of struggles " that brings meals to companies in strikes.
In response, a trade union collective was formed against the airport project at Notre-Dame-des-Landes [2], associating CGT trade unionists - with the union of the airport site [3]and the Vinci unions - Solidaires and the CNT. This group has since its birth affirmed its solidarity with the inhabitants of the Zad and its refusal of all expulsions.

Common and symbolic gestures

On 1 st May 2017 in Nantes, the labor collective called to participate in the event. Behind her banner, a thousand people marched out of the six thousand that counted the demonstration. A joyous, dynamic and colorful procession, which surprised the Departmental Union CGT who feared to see his demonstration ending in clashes with the police. Since then, the UD CGT officially participates, with Solidaires, in the Action Committee of Nantes (CAN), an informal discussion place that brings together trade unionists, associations, residents of the Zad and Autonomous, and allows some and others to talk to each other.

During the movement against the Labor XXL law, the demonstrations did not degenerate into minority clashes, but ended with common and symbolic " gestures ": walling up the permanence of François de Rugy, building the prefecture's square a house of the people...

Construction of the hut of the house of the people. (c) Valk
On March 31, 2018, another expression of this convergence of struggles resulted in a demonstration against all expulsions, in which 2,000 people participated, including a good number of migrants, and the Zad, on the theme " No to all evictions ".

On April 14, 2018, two events were likely to telescope. The first around student and union demands, the other in support of the Zad. The discussions in the CAN have made it possible to articulate these two initiatives in an acceptable way for all. Also, even if the situation is far from perfect, the emergence of places where the different components of the social movement can be spoken, opens perspectives for the development of the struggles on Nantes.

Jacques Dubart (AL Nantes)

[1] Created during the struggle against the Labor law, initiated in Nantes by the Anti-Capitalist Front, in which Alternative libertaire participated.

[2] " Unionism: Unity Against the Airport ", Alternative Libertaire No. 268, January 2017.

[3] Vinci wants to make the airport service a labor law laboratory ", Alternative Libertaire No. 268, January 2017.

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