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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #302 - unionism, At the City of Paris, we revived class consciousness (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]
Wed, 29 Jan 2020 10:46:05 +0200
The social movement of this winter will have allowed to recreate a culture of struggle, in a beautiful union unity, and with rejuvenated
militant forces. The high level of conflict, solidarity and direct action have brought the different trades closer together, which bodes
well for the future struggles. --- Gardeners, garbage collectors, entertainers, childcare assistants, chauffeuses, sewer workers,
upholsterers, lock keepers, woodcutters-pruners, social workers, road workers, administrative agents, water distribution technicians, etc.
The City of Paris has nearly 60,000 agents in nearly 350 diverse trades. An important blocking power, since they manage all of the Parisian
public services, except for a few pieces passed to the private sector.
From the start of the inter-professional movement against pension reform, an inter-union was established, with the CGT, the FSU, FO and the
UCP (a union of managers). A peculiarity: the CGT-Ville de Paris has been going through a crisis for several years and has been split in
two, and only one of the two fractions has participated in the intersyndicale. It is only recently that all these unions have been able to
work together, and it has never been seen on such a long and hard movement. A sign that this fight is not quite like the others ...
Read also: " After January 24, the assets for a prolonged movement " , Alternative libertarian, February 2020.
Decentralize GAs, closer to colleagues
Quickly, the intersyndicale organized a regular general assembly, which brought together 100 to 300 people. If the debates were introduced
by the representatives of the four unions, the GA was in reality managed by the strikers themselves and themselves, unionized as
non-unionized. All the proposals were examined, no strategic debate was taboo. This allowed colleagues who had never gone on strike to play
an essential role in leading the movement.
However, we have felt its limits. While the City has tens of thousands of agents, we cannot be satisfied with a central GA, even with all of
the services. This was remedied by organizing local GAs, in certain boroughs and in certain departments, as close as possible to colleagues,
who thus felt more directly involved in the event, more easily took the floor and took the initiative. But this decentralization was
undoubtedly too late. The GA has given itself two main roles: to sustain and amplify the strike at the City of Paris, and to coordinate with
the other professional sectors.
On demonstration, December 28, 2019.
cc City of Paris against pension reform
The town hall puts us in the way
Amplification was indeed the priority objective, because the very good rate of strikers on December 5 (15%) eroded over the mobilization
dates. There was a hard core on an indefinite strike, but it remained an extremely small minority. Numerous information tours with
colleagues have enabled unionized and non-unionized workers alike to rub shoulders with the realities on the ground. And what we saw there
was interesting: in the vast majority of cases, colleagues well informed about the reform. Colleagues who refused this social decline. But
also colleagues that we had to convince of our collective power to win this battle, if we put all of them together.
It must be said that the town hall has put us in the dark... From December 5, driven by the tremendous energy that emanated from the strike
at the RATP and the SNCF, we recorded several attempts to start a renewable strike, including cleanliness. But the town hall rotated private
dumpsters to clean the streets overnight. Municipal elections require, Hidalgo and his majority sabotaged the garbage collectors' strike !
It didn't stop there. Many municipal establishments, nurseries, libraries, gymnasiums, etc. had to close due to strike. Communication from
the town hall ? That the closings were only due to the strike in the transport which prevented the agents and agents from working !
Obviously, there is something to demotivate ...
The unitary procession - a novelty - regularly brought together several hundred colleagues, with superb animation.
cc Daniel Maunoury
Fighting together extirpates us from corporatisms
This mobilization changed something at the City of Paris. The unitary procession - a novelty - regularly brought together several hundred
colleagues, with superb animation. We even carried out an invasion punch action from the Council of State ! It went impeccably, smoothly and
without fright, and it showed the less used colleagues that we can raise the level of conflict when we consider it necessary: the whole
thing is to decide it collectively.
Joint actions, combining very different professions and yet all territorial agents and agents, have helped to recreate a feeling of class
belonging. Yes, we are all in the same boat ! Furthermore, the participation of RATP agents, railroaders and teachers in our GAs reinforced
this feeling that we were fighting for a common goal. It is quite natural that we went on the picket lines of the SNCF, or intervene in the
various GA, that we sang and danced together in demonstration... It is by the fight that we extirpate from corporatism and individualism to
constitute the exploited class which fights for its emancipation!
" Sewers: 17 years less life ... 2 years of bonus offered. Shame on you ! »CGT banner at the demonstration on December 17 in Paris.
cc Daniel Maunoury
Milestones set for the future
And yet, sectoral demands, we have at the City of Paris and we have also put them forward. Because you have to go find colleagues in what
affects them most directly. However, in the territorial, it is the law of transformation of the public service, passed last summer. It
should make the agents of the City of Paris lose no less than eight days of leave per year !
The question of precariousness also occupies a central place. Of the 60,000 agents in the community, there are 17,000 temporary workers !
During the movement, a collective of temporary workers from the City of Paris was created. Having left the municipal museums, it sought to
extend to other directions, and brought together many and many colleagues who previously did not dare to claim. The strong and united
inter-union that we knew how to constitute was able to animate the strike, to organize processions and to secure them, to carry out actions,
to circulate information ... It is an undeniable asset for future struggles at the City of Paris.
Adèle (UCL Pantin)
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