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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL - UCL tract, Unite against the layoff epidemic (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 13 Jul 2020 10:04:26 +0300

Since the end of containment, announcements of layoffs and the closure of production sites have been raining. In the automobile industry, in aeronautics, in tourism, in the press, in telecoms or even in catering it is life-saving for the profits, and the employees in the trash ! However, the profits accumulated in recent years should largely help to alleviate the financial difficulties linked to the health crisis. Only our struggles will make them back down. ---- Renault, Ryanair, Airbus, Altice, Castorama, Nokia,... many large groups are announcing layoffs for the coming months. But that's without counting the thousands of little boxes that will do the same without the spotlight, the thousands of CDD not renewed, the thousands of temporary workers bluntly blunted. As a result, millions of additional workers are at risk of becoming unemployed, even though the conditions for receiving this allowance have recently been tightened.

An unbearable blackmail
While Renault announced in mid-May the closure of 4 factories, to pass the pill at the end of May of the final closure of a factory, Ryanair took advantage of the crisis to blackmail. The bosses tell the employees: lower wages or layoffs, it's up to you ! This flawed choice naturally aims to make people accept drastic wage cuts, while the layoffs will undoubtedly come later.

But all say the same thing: there is no more money in the coffers, the health crisis would have impoverished them ! However, profits have been accumulated in recent decades, yet billionaires are doing well ...

Consume more to support businesses ?
The government's solution is all found ! Savings accumulated during confinement must be used to support businesses. Note already that many people have not been able to accumulate savings, on the contrary, poverty has exploded ! Partial unemployment, non-renewal of contracts, cessation of moonlighting ... the government pretends to forget all these situations and " does not care about the ecological emergency ".

And for those who have been able to save some money, is it really up to them to support companies to prevent layoffs ? There is money in this country, some even have their pockets full ! This is where we should go to find it, not the few hundred euros kept here or there to deal with the hard knocks.

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A broad battle against layoffs and precariousness
To stop this wave of layoffs, there needs to be a broad movement, rooted in the boxes concerned, led by workers. Coordination of these struggling companies will be essential to put an end to the employers. And this movement must include the question of precarious workers: increase in unemployment benefit, systematization of permanent contracts. With a central watchword: it is the employees who must decide.

Libertarian Communist Union, July 8, 2020

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