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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL - press release, Against the epidemic, general right of withdrawal ! (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 22 Mar 2020 08:57:57 +0200

Macron's and Castaner's announcements on March 16 put the country under confinement for at least 15 days. Containment really ? But no ! Because going to work remains compulsory, even in non-essential sectors. This irresponsible measure, taken by employers' supporters, is not surprising. It will help continue to spread the epidemic and overburden hospitals. In reality, to counter the epidemic, we can only count on our class. ---- France is confined. "Confined" in the vocabulary of the government, that means that you cannot see your loved ones, you cannot go to the gym and the bistro. All this is normal, we must avoid contact as much as possible in order to stem the epidemic. But "confined" also means ... going to work ! In fact, the workers who cannot telework must in the majority of the boxes continue to work, therefore to take public transport, and share the workplace with often hundreds of others. It is the balance between stopping the epidemic and maintaining the profits of the capitalists that the government has found.

Coercive measures
We will now have to show a certificate to prove that we have the right to be on the street. As of now, the police and the gendarmes are patrolling. But we already observe that their behaviors are not the same everywhere ! As in normal times, they favor harassment in poor neighborhoods, where workers, often racialized, live. It doesn't seem to be the most effective, when you know that families have to crowd in small apartments, when tens of thousands of people sleep on the street, when the prisons are overcrowded !

The social crisis amplified by the health crisis
Because what this terrible epidemic shows is that all social inequalities, all injustices, they are even worse. We have no choice to see them or not to see them, they are obvious to us. The destruction of the public hospital, which makes the rulers of the last decades responsible for our deaths. The precariousness of the world of work, which means that millions of workers find themselves overnight without income. The abandonment of women and children, left to themselves and these days with violent husbands and fathers. Punitive "justice", which has overcrowded prisons. Racist laws which lock foreigners in the CRA under measures of expulsion impossible because of the closing of the borders.

We can only count on ourselves
The only people who are truly responsible for the epidemic today are the workers who take the right to opt out to force employers to stop non-essential activities. It is the workers who put pressure on the hierarchy so that all the services are reorganized to only essential activities. Because there is only our class, the working class, the exploited class, which is able to protect health, that of those close to it, and stem the epidemic. We know how society is organized because it is we who run it. We also know what is absolutely necessary and what is not in these times of crisis. and that is what workers are showing across the country.

It's time for the general right of withdrawal
From the Chantiers de l'Atlantique to Saint-Nazaire, to General Electric Bourogne via La Poste, the automobile industry, metallurgy and the food industry, thousands of workers are already exercising their right of withdrawal through the hexagon, and sometimes even disengage.

A few weeks ago, we chanted, against the pension breakage reform, "General strike ! " We chanted against yet another reform which was to fill the pockets of the bosses and make us ever poorer. Against this same class that exploits us, we are chanting today "General right of withdrawal ! " To re-organize society, and to make sure that the efforts of caregivers are not wasted. To save as many lives as possible. Of our lives.

Libertarian Communist Union, March 17, 2020

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