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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #300 - Mobilization: And after December 5, what do we do ? (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 12 Dec 2019 08:33:10 +0200

Whatever the scale of the mobilization of December 5, we must now ask the question of the consequences not to find themselves dangling in the face of events. ---- As early as December 5, the movement against the Delevoye pension reform project will be off to a flying start at SNCF and RATP. On the civil servant side, mobilization will also be very strong in the sectors most affected by the reform, particularly in education, but renewal is not yet on the agenda. ---- In the private sector, the strike calls that are flourishing in certain regions or companies also point to a high level of mobilization. But the battle of retreats will not be played only on December 5 and the following days will be decisive for the rest of the movement. In any political situation, the main challenge is not to undergo the events but rather to anticipate them to adapt and propose actions in phase with reality.

Several scenarios can already be envisaged, since the most depressing (a strike finally disappointing on December 5 with a mobilization that struggles to continue, including the SNCF or the RATP) to the most exciting: a strike exceptional scale as of December 5, which is prolonged and generalized, thus opening new horizons).

Inform and mobilize
In the worst case scenario, we must not lose sight of the fact that the fight will not stop there anyway and that the government is not ready to pass the bill it has been keeping up to now. The drawers. A weak mobilization will not be a good signal but will have to resonate as an encouragement to continue the patient work of information, discussion and incitement to action. For, even though the polls show a majority support for the strike, especially among workers, employees and public sector employees, there is always a step to be taken between the passive disagreement and the challenge. active [1].

Pushing workers to take that step is the main task of activists in all professional sectors. What must be avoided is a " proxy " strike that relies solely on transport. This includes workshops or service tours, speaking in the canteen or during breaks, meetings at workplaces or for the general population, general meetings where possible, collages of posters or distribution of leaflets in mailboxes. In short, do not skimp on ways that Macron has good reason to continue to be afraid.

Do not dodge organizational issues
If the mobilization proves very successful on December 5th, it will not be necessary to feel pushing wings because a day of isolated strike can not be enough to tip the balance of power. To win, the strike must be prolonged and developed. And for that, the strikers must be able to meet to discuss, debate and decide. Here again, this supposes to have anticipated to allow the strikers to gather locally in general meetings and to pose clearly the stakes during the discussions: do we want to stop there where do we want to push the advantage ? If we want to continue, it is essential to have tools to organize the following: where will we meet tomorrow and how are we going to go? What actions will be taken to secure the solidarity of the population (which can go through a strike fund, by studying the issue well [2]), to occupy the ground and make the strike visible in the public space, to extend it to other sectors ? How to link the different professional sectors in struggle ? Finally, who will organize all this: an inter-union or an ad hoc strike committee reporting to strikers ? - as many questions as activists must ask themselves.

These questions may seem obvious, but it has been a long time since we have had to ask them and we should not let a lack of anticipation give the advantage to the camp opposite, because we will not miss political opponents in this battle: from the bosses, who will doubtless hesitate between the unconditional support for Macron, their ideological champion, and the preservation of their economic interests, to the tenors of the extreme right, who know all too well what they have to lose if social issues relegate their racist and xenophobic preoccupations to the background.

Audacity, yet daring
Suffice to say right now: if the strike blew up the counter, it will not have to be paralyzed but on the contrary be bold enough not to stop at the issue of pensions. Retreats is the battlefield chosen by Macron to confront the labor movement. If he recoils, we will have to go further and go on the offensive: regain the nibbled rights, conquer new rights and ask the question of the transformation of society as a whole, as we also invite the anti-racist and feminist mobilizations .

Everyone will not agree with that and it is up to the revolutionaries to prove that we can not sustainably improve our living conditions without breaking with capitalism. All the counter-powers that we are trying to develop today to defeat Macron must serve, tomorrow, to draw another horizon, rid of exploitation and the race for profit. That's it, our project.

Benjamin Bakin (UCL North East Paris)

Precariousness kills
On November 8, A., a 22-year-old student set himself on fire in front of the Crous building in Lyon. In economic distress, this activist of Solidaires-Études had lost his scholarship and his home. And even when he still had his purse, he wrote in his farewell letter, " 450 euros a month, is it enough to live? While he was hospitalized, between life and death, fifty rallies were organized by his union throughout the country, to denounce the student precariousness but also, more generally, all of them.

The government, for its part, has repeatedly refuted the political and social dimension of this tragedy, preferring to condemn the " violence " against the grids of the ministry or the canceled conference of François Hollande, while the farewell letter of AT. named him among those responsible for the rise of insecurity, with Macron and Sarkozy. Committing his comrades to continue the struggle, A. concluded his letter with these words: " Long live socialism, long live self-management, long live the Secu. ". Let us try to live up to his call.

[1] BVA poll from 13 to 14 November for La Tribune , RTL and Orange.

[2] See " Tactics of struggle: For or against strike funds?», Libertarian Alternative n ° 281 (March 2018)

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