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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #297 - RATP: The best blockage is the strike! (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 18 Sep 2019 07:19:01 +0300


This Friday, seven RATP unions called for a strike, launching the mobilization against the pension reform project. With massive rates of strikers, RATP employees paralyzed all of Paris. While in the movement of yellow vests or environmental mobilizations, we often talk about blocking the economy, the employees of the RATP have demonstrated that the best blockages, it's still the strike ! ---- This Friday, seven RATP unions called for a strike, launching the mobilization against the pension reform project. With massive rates of strikers, RATP employees paralyzed all of Paris. While in the movement of yellow vests or environmental mobilizations, we often talk about blocking the economy, the employees of the RATP have demonstrated that the best blockages, it's still the strike !

This is the biggest mobilization at RATP for 12 years. The minimum service, a tool of power to limit the impact of the strike, did not have the effect hoped by the management ! At the origin of the strike, the pension reform project slowly advanced the government. The latter provides, inter alia, for the abolition of the 42 special schemes, including that of RATP. These schemes are constantly presented by the media and politicians as privileges. It is in fact acquired by struggles and in return for special working conditions (work on weekends, shifts ...). To present them as privileges is to try to divide the wage-earners and then pass reforms that level out the bottom.

The employees of the RATP were quite right to respond massively to the call to defend their social conquests and all sectors have an interest in doing the same. This project is an attack and a scam for all workers, the public or the private sector.

The best blockages is the strike !
It is all and all together that must be struck
Paris idled on Friday, monster traffic jams, deserted stations and stations, thousands of canceled appointments and meetings ... The RATP workers, by massively ceasing their work, demonstrated that the the best way to cripple the economy is to strike. Of course, it is not a question of putting in competition the various modes of action but whereas the question of the blockage of the economy is posed regularly, in the yellow vests or in the collectives for the climate, the strike of the RATP will have had more impact than many blocking actions.

Some people will say, quite rightly, that if this strike has such an impact it is because it is a key sector and all employees do not have such a force. It is true that sectors such as transport, logistics or energy have a particularly strong capacity to block the economy. But the strike by proxy, leaving only certain sectors to assume the balance of power, it does not work. When strikes are isolated, such as that of railway workers in 2018, the power has only to play the watch. But when strikes spread and become widespread, our strength is increased tenfold. And then the strike is not just blocking, it is above all to type in the wallet bosses and that's where it hurts !

And now ? September 24
If the strike rate was so strong it is partly due to the fact that all the trade unions called, even the CFE-CGC, is extremely rare ! Many small union leaders there are the same who, when their union does not call, harass their agents so they do not go on strike. The majority of trade union organizations do not want RATP agents to organize themselves through general meetings. They could lose control of the strike. It is the role of the syndicalists of struggles and revolutionaries: to do everything so that the strike is controlled by the base.

Many regret that this day of successful strike at the RATP does not happen at the same time as other sectors. More broadly, several sectoral mobilization dates are announced for this month of September and we often hear from activists, or from colleagues, a criticism of this dispersion of dates. It is clear that, to make the government retreat frankly, it will be necessary to get together and that a few leap days will not be enough. But to build such a movement, it is not enough to invoke the general strike, we need strong support. That is, sectors capable of putting significant forces into the battle.

Professional actions - when they correspond to a real process of mobilization, rooted in demands widely shared by workers, driven by unitary initiatives that have repercussions on the ground - have their legitimacy and their utility.

So, as in the RATP, we succeed these sectoral days and mobilize widely on September 24 to give us the necessary support for a movement that can roll back Macron.

Libertarian Communist Union, September 13, 2019

https://unioncommunistelibertaire.org/?RATP-Le-meilleur-blocage-c-est-la-greve
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