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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #303 - Municipalities: Bosses like the others (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 21 Mar 2020 09:28:50 +0200

In the communes, the mayor, whether left or right, remains a patron like the others, in a capitalist system. Even the municipalities headed by a PCF mayor use false arguments to meet the demands of municipal employees. ---- In a certain number of municipalities, candidates on the left will be elected on PCF, LFI, EELV or "citizen" lists . It is not a question of taking high those who will vote for these lists or even campaign for. ---- Nor is it a question of saying that a right-wing municipal management has the same consequences for the inhabitants, and in particular those of the working classes, as a management by a communist town hall: we have it seen in the last elections with the passage to the right of municipalities such as Villejuif (94) or Bobigny (93) for example. On the menu: local urban plans (PLU) allowing developers to grow fat to the detriment of urban landscapes and the environment, the acceleration of the breakage of public services, unbearable mafia practices.

However, we must remember an intangible truth: in a capitalist system, the municipality remains a boss, sometimes the first boss of the department, employing a workforce that can be counted in hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands of employees. In this context, whatever the political color of the municipality in place, the solidarity of libertarian communists will always go to the workers of the municipality fighting for their working conditions and for the improvement of public service.

Take the example of a recent struggle in Montreuil (93). This large city (more than 100,000 inhabitants) of Seine-Saint-Denis has always been managed by left parties, SFIO, PCF then environmentalists, and finally again PCF since 2014, in the person of mayor Patrice Bessac. The town hall employs more than 2,000 employees, who, like elsewhere, have claims to assert.

In Montreuil, a case study and Atsem
From September 2017, the CGT and CNT unions in the territories are mobilized to obtain 30 Atsem positions (territorial agents who assist the instits in the classes). They also claim better working conditions for the agents who work in the schools, and denounce the replacements on large areas, the massive recourse to the precarious personnel, the absence of right to training.

The response of the town hall ? " It is not our fault, it is the state that is cutting us off. At the time, AL Montreuil, by means of leaflets distributed in front of the municipal services replied: yes, the capitalist state is responsible for the transfer of huge sums from communities to businesses (around 30 billion euros just under the Holland five-year term).

But no, the town hall of Montreuil cannot use this pretext to not satisfy demands which, in reality, represent very low budgets: around 0.1% of the payroll for hiring demands for example. The town hall, even PCF, can not sit on the legitimate claims of staff !

Jules (UCL Montreuil)

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