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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #283 - CGT-Commerce: Peace between us, war against the bosses ! (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 30 May 2018 09:00:40 +0300

When will end the grueling quarrel of devices that rotten the life of the CGT-Commerce ? The last congress was again the theater. Yet there is work to do. ---- The atmosphere was more tense than for the 15 th Congress of the CGT federation of trade, held in Reims from 19 to 23 March. Was it because of the current struggles at Carrefour, Pimkie, Lidl, Amazon, McDo or Monoprix ? In part, but not only. Alas, the endless device war that undermines this federation will have once again polarized attention. The federal leadership has indeed prevented several opponents from being delegated under a false pretext, a dozen unions have tried to cancel the congress before the TGI (in vain) ... ---- Nearly 450 delegates were there on the day, under the watchful eye of some 40 members of the federal and even confederal service, who had come specially to reinforce. The strict control of the badges at the entrance was to prevent a possible heckling of the sessions by external activists, as it had been possible during a previous congress, in spite of violent jostling and guns of the SO at the time .

For unionism in tune with those who struggle
What is the crux of the problem ? A conflict between the Trade Union Union of Paris on the one hand, the federal direction on the other hand, which lasts for at least ten years. We can recognize the first, led by Karl Ghazi, its driving role in the inter-Clic-P and its dynamism in the fight against Sunday work. In comparison, the current federal team seems paralyzed and incapable. She also shone by her inaction in 2016-2017, in the movements against the Labor laws and ordinances.

But the competing tendencies of the federal leadership share many dubious bureaucratic practices, in addition to personal hatreds and conflicts imported from the PCF, which is still very much present in this federation. For the anecdote, the oppo also won a symbolic victory by obtaining that the congress asks for affiliation to the ... World Federation of Trade Unions, a rump organization inherited from the USSR, where there are almost only Stalinist unions and bureaucracy guard-chiourme (Syrian, North Korean, Vietnamese, Cuban, Iranian ...).

All of this does not serve our unions, which need to be renewed and transformed. The self-management that the revolutionaries claim is not only a motto for decorum, or a simple aspiration for more transparency: it is the desire that unionism be in tune with those who struggle. It is at the base that will emerge victorious strategies.

Work on systematic Sunday, suppression of thousands of jobs, collapse of bonuses and remunerations, Mafia practices ... While anti-union repression is omnipresent in these monsters, symbols of the worst of capitalism, the struggles are only growing. This is not a coincidence: the rapacity of the shareholders is their weakness and we will not support their contempt for a long time !

Fernand (AL Nantes)

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