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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #299 - Suffering at work: Between disgust and overwork, the postal and postal workers crisis (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 12 Dec 2019 08:33:25 +0200

While the state wants to become a minority in the capital of the Post Office, a limited company since 2010, half of the post offices have already closed, strikes are triggered again in numbers, and suffering at work soaring, awakening the spectrum of suicides at France Telecom. ---- The trial of the violence at France Telecom - known as the " Lombard trial " - not only shed light on the strategy of managerial abuse that led to a wave of suicides in the 2000s in this now renamed company Orange. It has also had repercussions, with the publication on France 2 of a Special Envoy's investigation into the crisis that is brewing at the Post Office, and which draws on the same sources: programmed end of the public service, pressure on the staff, poorly sized work, overtaking schedules, feeling sloppy work ...

The first stones of the crisis were already raised since the opening of the capital to private investors, in 2010. If the social climate was not good, the transformation into a public limited company then the prospect of the rise of the Caisse des dépôts and recordings (CDC) in the capital, have accentuated the authoritarian nature of the management, to make pass fundamental changes.

The first major post- privatization social crisis erupted in 2012. A wave of suicides was first mediated [1]. Faced with the surge in the press, the CEO, Jean-Paul Bailly, had drawn a " Kaspar commission " (named after the former Secretary General of the CFDT, who led the confederation to class collaboration). It had mostly served to hide the dust under the carpet.

But the Post has also relied on unions to try to extinguish fire in the company. Thus in 2015, it signed with all the unions, except SUD and CGT, a pompously titled " A future for every postman ". And in 2017, she pulled out of her sleeve a deal specifically for letter carriers.

The state, a boss like the others
La Poste is now a multinational company located on every continent, with several hundred subsidiaries abroad, and yet it continues to look after the image of the good-natured Epinal or kind mailman.

Already the postman, with a smartphone and recognized " trusted third party " could enter private homes to take certified photos of damaged cars, water damage, road problems or see if the elderly are doing well ... Now he can carry meal trays to the elderly, set up a certified digital identity, etc. In post offices, tablets for seniors are sold. Everything is good for taking market share and encroaching on other utilities ...

The suppression of jobs, the repression of trade unions, the decline of the public postal service and therefore of the social bond, whether in working-class neighborhoods or in rural areas shows, oh how much, the integration by the State of the capitalist doxa. .

The repression tries to silence any dispute. We remember the sending of the RAID against strikers occupying a sorting center in 2003, for example. For two or three years this repression has evolved, methodically targeting trade unionists, for simple words, or intervention ( " intrusion " ) in institutions. Traditionally, justice is on the side of the boss, unlike the Labor Inspectorate, whose decisions are unfortunately often overturned by the Ministry of Labor (whether UMP, PS or LRM). La Poste also knows how to use the police and penal channel to put pressure on the fight unionism.

The social situation of the company has become catastrophic. Beyond the Special Envoy survey , the reaction of many employees on social networks shows their discomfort. This is primarily the result of understaffing, with 5,000 to 7,000 job cuts per year - and peaks at 10,000 in some years. Over ten years, the 100,000 mark could be crossed, which would make a drop of one third of the workforce. More than half of full-function post offices [2]have been replaced by post offices in supermarkets, for example.

For socialization and self-management
Successive attacks have transformed the Post Office into one more service business in the capitalist field. By accepting the passage of the CDC as the majority shareholder of La Poste, with 66 % of the capital, the State intends to relieve itself of a whole lot of public service missions that were devolved to it, especially in rural areas, through the houses of services to the public (MSAP, soon renamed Maisons France service).

Faced with this offensive, it is necessary to return the post office to users, users and employees. While most elected officials and the government are sacrificing public service and postal presence on the altar of capitalism, it is up to the public, postal workers and postal workers to decide on the future of this essential public service. the social connection.

Resistance is already taking place everywhere, in France and overseas, in all areas of the Post Office [3]. Strikes, especially among letter carriers, are breaking out in many departments ; Municipalities and user committees are grouping together to obtain the maintenance of post offices. Against the backdrop of the campaign for a referendum on the privatization of ADP, and the struggle for pensions, the mobilization for the future of the Post Office, postal workers and postal workers must not falter.

Hugo (UCL Orleans)

Chronopost: revolt of undocumented workers
On October 11, the undocumented workers of Chronopost in Alfortville (94) began their fourth month of strikes. The Collective of undocumented workers of Vitry-sur-Seine (CTSPV) and trade unionists of Solidaires du Val-de-Marne play a leading role in this fight supported by the SUD-PTT federation. But four months is very long.

Chronopost still refuses to give in to their request for regularization and hiring, denying all responsibility and discarding itself on the subcontractors. Why this stubbornness, while the strikes of undocumented in a dozen companies in Île-de-France, in October, quickly resulted in regularization ? Recall that the State is - still - majority shareholder of the Post.

At a time when Macron wants to impose a nauseating debate on immigration and immigration quotas, this intransigence is probably not surprising !

To give the strike fund:

" Undocumented Chronopost!»On Lepotsolidaire.fr

[1] " La Poste: Management by terror kills ... and stirs up anger ", Alternative Libertaire , December 2018.

[2] That is, offering the full range of services, including banking.

[3] " La Poste: Strike virus against understaffing ", Libertarian Alternative , February 2018.

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