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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire - May December be hot ! (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 11 Nov 2019 09:07:31 +0200


And if the conflict for our retreats became the meeting point of all struggles ? The way to finally put a stop to this government and the social breakage and resume the offensive ? And if December was finally the month of the explosion of the ras-le-bol and anger ? We are thousands to hope, but no way to wait, we must prepare and organize. At one month of the 5th, let's take stock. ---- And if the conflict for our retreats became the meeting point of all struggles ? The way to finally put a stop to this government and the social breakage and resume the offensive ? And if December was finally the month of the explosion of the ras-le-bol and anger ? We are thousands to hope, but no way to wait, we must prepare and organize. At one month of the 5th, let's take stock.

For months, the government has been preparing a "reform" of pensions that is a new attack on workers. The project, like its calendar, is kept in limbo by the government. One certainty: their goal is to lower pensions to increase profits !

Does he fear a crystallization of anger, many in the country, around this subject ? Of course ! In any case, we know that this is a fatal blow to the current pension systems. Switch from pay-as-you-go to a point-based system, put an end to special schemes, but also to take into account the difficulty of certain trades. The decrease in the amount of pensions will provide an incentive, for those who can afford it, to subscribe to a supplementary pension funded by pension funds. Special diets, public or private, ... we will all be losers.

Thursday, December 5 is the date that has been in perspective since late September against the project. Initially called by the inter-trade union RATP as the beginning of an unlimited strike, Solidaires joined in early October and departmental unions and CGT federations, each day more numerous, have followed suit. Departmental inter-union grouping CGT FO Solidaires FSU and youth organizations multiply calls for a prolonged struggle from that date. And a national inter-union CGT-FO-FSU-Solidaires clearly calls for December 5 is a "first day" strike.

Make the day of December 5th a success
Let's be clear, succeeding the day of 5 is a fundamental priority. The stronger the strike, the more massive the demonstrations, the more it will be possible to renew the 6th and the following days. Each and everyone must take part in this construction of the renewable strike, because no one will do it for us !

The inter-union call CGT-FO-FSU-Solidaires, even if it does not mention the question of the renewal, the interest to facilitate the construction of a unitary mobilization, including by raising the question of the modalities of actions in AG with the employees. Obviously, the very preparation of 5 must be articulated with the idea of the renewal the following days. For this, mobilization work in companies and territories is the main challenge; to continue the strike on the 6th, supposes that on the 5th there are many strikers, and that they can hold general assemblies sufficiently representative to decide an effective continuation of the movement. It is also necessary that the strikers come out of the head in the company to weave the links with the other employees in struggle of the surroundings. Interprofessional organizations, local and departmental unions, should play a decisive role in this direction by organizing solidarity and proximity convergence.

Beyond the pension reform, December 5 and the following days must be the rallying moment of all anger already present. Yellow vests, retirees, private employment, hospitals, climate, firemen, education, ... We need to unite to push back this power. We need a victory for our camp to regain confidence and go further.

The best blockages is the strike !
On September 13, Paris slowed down, monster traffic jams, deserted stations, thousands of canceled appointments and meetings ... The RATP agents, by massively ceasing their work, demonstrated that the best way to paralyze the economy and to strike at the bosses' wallet: it's the strike. Of course, it is not a question of putting in competition the different modes of action but whereas the question of the blockage of the economy is posed regularly, in the yellow jackets or in the collectives for the climate, the strike of the RATP will have had more impact than many blocking actions. Nevertheless, all the actions that will help paralyze the economy will be useful from December 5th. From this point of view,

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 proxy strike, leaving only certain sectors to assume the balance of power, could be fatal. And it is only by attacking corporate profits that we will force them to yield.

Avoid the trap of proxy strike
If we think that we must do everything to succeed on December 5, what is emerging is, indeed, not without risks. There is still a certain gap between the general level of mobilization in the wage-earning sector (witness the weak mobilization of September 24th) and the buoyant sectors of December 5th, with RATP in the lead. Every effort must be made to avoid the combative sectors remaining isolated and the potentially mobilizable employees to enter into the principle of a proxy strike. When strikes are isolated, such as that of railroad workers in 2018 (without going back to the problematic choice of a succession of strikes of 48 hours), the power has only to play the watch. But when strikes spread and become widespread, our strength is increased tenfold, and the power can be overwhelmed. The reconductible should not be identified with the mobilization of the special regimes but with the mobilization against the whole project of the government. It must be hammered that public or private, special diets or not, we are all and all losers.es with this "reform". We still have a month to work so that the dynamics of 5 does not only speak in certain sectors but echoes to all employees and more broadly to all those who are fed up with this government serving the rich. The general strike is all and all together, nobody will do it for us with this "reform". We still have a month to work so that the dynamics of 5 does not only speak in certain sectors but echoes to all employees and more broadly to all those who are fed up with this government serving the rich. The general strike is all and all together, nobody will do it for us with this "reform". We still have a month to work so that the dynamics of 5 does not only speak in certain sectors but echoes to all employees and more broadly to all those who are fed up with this government serving the rich. The general strike is all and all together, nobody will do it for us!

For a movement controlled by the base
December 5th is a Thursday. This means that we will have to renew as much as possible on Friday. And for a part of the wage, hold on Saturday and Sunday. Then find the strength to continue and bounce back on Monday and the days that follow. From Thursday, our priority must be to gather in our workplaces, to gather our colleagues in general assembly. It is collectively that we must decide whether or not to renew the strike, without leaving the decision to others or remain in the wait-and-see attitude of other sectors. Strikes rallies on Friday, big demonstrations on Saturday, would be good point of support.

It is in this sense that the activists of the Libertarian Communist Union, on their modest scale, are now intervening, trade unionists in their companies and their services, in their UL and UD. But also in places of study, neighborhoods or various militant collectives. Victory is possible and we can still be surprised by the 5th. Who was not there a year ago with the Yellow Vests ? Who was not there a few days ago with the right to withdraw from the railway and the spontaneous strike of the SNCF technicentres ?

Wherever we are, inform, discuss, organize. There is not a minute to lose to prepare this strike renewable. May December be hot !

https://www.unioncommunistelibertaire.org/?Que-decembre-soit-bouillant
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