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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #284 - Communities: Disengagement from the state, real scandal and false excuse (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 12 Jun 2018 07:51:45 +0300


For several years, one sees appearing, on the pediment of the town halls, of hotels of departments, at the entrance of the nurseries or schools, protesting banners demanding more means. But regularly, they are not made by angry staff, but ... by their employers, local authorities. And sometimes, behind the patent vindication of the communities hides the exploitation of the staff and the contempt of the users. ---- Local and regional authorities have a series of public service missions to ensure: road maintenance, implementation of local urban plans, early childhood care, maintenance of schools (for municipalities) ; management of social action, social minima, maintenance of colleges (for departments). ---- An injustice in the service of capitalists ---- To ensure these missions, communities have a number of resources, of the order of 200 billion euros. More than half of these resources come from local taxation (on the population and companies), but a good part comes from a State grant, the overall operational endowment (DGF).

However, this DGF was particularly impacted by the Holland years. In 2014, it amounted to 40 billion euros, or more than a quarter of community revenues. In 2017, the last budget programmed by the Dutch government, it was ... 30.86 billion euros. The decline is substantial: in four years, communities have lost nearly a quarter of their state resources. We know the mechanism: at the same time, between 2014 and 2016, the State gave a gift, mainly in the form of a tax credit, 33 billion euros to companies. This fall in state funding of local authorities is therefore a pure and simple transfer of money to companies. The Macron government fits well in this logic: one of his first actions, in August 2017, was thus to draw 300 million euros the current year's community budget. And the prospects are not better: the government intends to force communities to reduce their spending by 13 billion euros over five years. was thus to draw 300 million euros the budget of the communities of the current year. And the prospects are not better: the government intends to force communities to reduce their spending by 13 billion euros over five years. was thus to draw 300 million euros the budget of the communities of the current year. And the prospects are not better: the government intends to force communities to reduce their spending by 13 billion euros over five years.

As a result, many communities have campaigned in recent years to denounce this decline in state funding. To take just one example, in December 2015, the PCF President of Val-de-Marne presented to the Minister of Decentralization and Civil Service, Marylise Lebranchu, a petition signed at the end by 27,000 Val-de-Marne. Marnais as part of a campaign entitled " Local Finance, all mobilized ! ". And this denunciation is emulated far beyond " left " communities ". This is one of the favorite stories of François Baroin, president of the Association of Mayors of France, who indignantly indignant at a policy of austerity in the service of capitalists, of which he is one of the most eminent representatives.

This enthusiasm of the city council for the denunciation of the decline in state endowments should put us in the ear. Would not it be a way to easily get rid of their own responsibilities towards staff and users ?

Selective indignation that clears the employer !
Take the example of the city of Montreuil (Seine-Saint-Denis). This large suburban city of Paris, with more than 100,000 inhabitants, is run by a composite municipal majority, under the leadership of the PCF. On November 16, she was organizing a " municipality-free " day , with the reinforcement of a poster campaign on public buildings (including schools), a tug in the mailboxes of the entire population and inserts in the municipal newspaper: " Thursday, November 16, the activity of all municipal services in the city of Montreuil will be suspended and public facilities will be closed ." Involved, the fact that " the state owes us 28 million euros ".

Except that, at the same time, anger rises in the ranks of municipal staff, especially the agents of the cleanliness of buildings, abused by the boss installed at the City Hall. Thus, while the mayor was organizing his grand raout, the CGT and CNT syndicates of Montreuil communes were launching a petition demanding that the vacant posts be filled, that a team of replacements be set up and that the agents in charge CDD or CDI are tenured. The working conditions for the employees are indeed more and more unbearable: forced assignment to positions other than their own, sudden displacement of the usual workplace, restriction of access to training. Overall, the " degraded work mode Has become the norm. The consequences for the users are obvious, especially for the children attending the 49 schools in the cities, particularly affected by the non-replacements.

After the winter, the mobilization of staff has passed a notch. Since March 26, 150 agents of the municipal service of the Cleanliness of the buildings are in fight, even if the mobilization weakened at the return of the spring holidays. The mayor, prompt to denounce the disengagement of the state, treated all the claims with disdain. After refusing to receive the unions several times, she made some apparent concessions, widely distributed to users by mail: replacement of 12 female employees on maternity leave, 15 recruitments through an integration association. We are still far from the 40 recruitments requested by the inter-union ! It should be noted at this stage that the demands of the unions are not maximalist: the 40 recruitments requested would represent, at most, 128,000 euros of wages ... that is to say 0.1% of the payroll of the City !

Morality: the municipality of Montreuil is a boss like the others, and it's true for all communities.

It is not because it has left parties at its head, that it acts differently. Whatever the majority in power, we see that behind the good intentions displayed hides the sad reality of management in a capitalist context. We can verbally defend the public service at the national level, and degrade it concretely at the local level. On the side of AL Montreuil, this dual discourse was denounced through participation in staff initiatives and dissemination of a leaflet to municipal staff. Failure to stand for municipal elections gives us freedom of speech and clarity in the analysis and support of staff, which is not the case for almost all other left-wing organizations. far left on the city. AL is on the side of the staff, !

Jules (AL Montreuil)

http://www.alternativelibertaire.org/?Collectivites-Desengagement-de-l-Etat-vrai-scandale-et-fausse-excuse
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