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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire - UCL press release - Precarious people are not boss flesh (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 25 Mar 2020 07:42:37 +0200

The health crisis is well established. It adds to an uninterrupted social crisis. Many workers are chained up during periods of unemployment, temporary contracts, fixed-term contracts and undeclared odd jobs. For decades, the labor code has been broken, the rules have been relaxed for employers. Today, the most precarious workers are paying him, finding themselves on the front line, not only to manage the crisis, but also to .. keep spinning capitalism. ---- Bruno Le Maire, the Minister of the Economy, said this morning: he is calling on workers in essential sectors to go to work. However, it is not only the essential sectors that continue the work. The industry continues on its way, stopped only when the logistics chains are broken (even if some, like PSA, try to pretend that it is to protect employees). But there is one important element to bear in mind: it is the precarious workers who, in essential or non-essential sectors, continue to operate the machine in often appalling conditions.

The reserve army at work
In several regions, temporary workers' phones are still ringing at the moment. The agencies offer them missions in every way. Inevitably, many workers who run the boxes are on sick leave or take care of their children at home. So who better to fill the gaps than this reserve army, these millions of unemployed men and women ? Of course, the working conditions are terrible. No masks, gloves or hydroalcoholic gel, insufficient cleaning of the factory, safety distances not respected ... All this is added to the already difficult conditions of these jobs!

Goodbye temporary workers !
In other sectors, on the other hand, it is the opposite. Interim contracts or fixed-term contracts which were to start these days are canceled because activity is declining. We have seen cases at the SNCF, in the territorial public service ... Of course the contracts are not renewed. This translates very concretely into an impossibility to pay the rent, gas and electricity, and to go to buy food or doliprane.

The adjustment variable in times of crisis
The precarious workers, who chain the usual periods worked or not worked, filling the holes in a capitalist system which takes advantage of it to lower wages, find themselves today in an inextricable situation: going to work, and risking their health, but also risk spreading the epidemic, or staying at home, but having no means of subsistence. However, some people already refuse these injustices. At Amazon, an employer of temporary agency workers in disarray, the employees went on strike at the Montélimar, Douai and Chalon sites. Of course, management poses unacceptable threats to them and them to break this just rebellion.

Urgent steps to take
To protect workers, it is urgent to make decisions commensurate with the extremely serious situation. It is also an opportunity to change the model of society, because we can clearly see that capitalism is totally ineffective. We must now ban layoffs, maintain the wages of workers in non-essential sectors and massively raise wages. We must also cancel the recent unemployment insurance reform.

Libertarian Communist Union, March 19, 2020

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