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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #310 - Unionism, RATP: faced with calumnies, the choice of pedagogy (de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 22 Nov 2020 09:10:15 +0200

How to "react well" when trade unionists are defamed using negrophobic and anti-Semitic stereotypes ? In the context of a sad affair, Solidaires-RATP has waived a legal complaint, and preferred an argument accessible to all. ---- In Alternative Libertaire of July-August , we saw how the "unified" solidarity fund CGT-Solidaires a posteriori helped the strikers of the RATP. Unfortunately, it has also provided some with the opportunity to afford a slice of primary anti-unionism, and worse yet. Thus, at the beginning of May, activists from SUD-RATP (which, despite its name, has nothing to do with Solidaires) and La Base (a pseudo-union) accused Solidaires and the CGT of having embezzled the money. of the cash register.
A first message sent via WhatsApp and Facebook to dozens of agents suggested that the CGT-RATP would have spent half of the money to carry out work in the castle it owns in Fontenay-les- Briis, and Solidaires-RATP the other half for a karting evening with "National Solidaires"...

A few days later, it was a photo of two officials of the CGT and Solidaires, crossed out with the words "700,000/2 = ???", Implying that the money would have been embezzled by these two activists ...

But that was just the start. A first video then circulated. It reveals a black individual, sporting heavy golden necklaces. The dubbing, produced by one of the directors of La Base, makes the character say: "Yeah well man, you see, the strike fund of 700,000 euros CGT-Solidaires, I turned it into gold and I wear it around the neck now, you see ... Hahaha !"All with an accent supposed to be" African"worthy of the worst sketches of Michel Leeb.

"Shut up, you'll get nothing at all !""
The next day, rebelote. In a new video, he's a character from The Truth If I Lie. The dubbing, with a supposedly Sephardic accent, make him say: " CGT-Solidaires, we have 700,000 euros, my friend ..." Another, who asks him: "And, that's when we ..."Picks up a slap and a"Shut up, you'll get nothing at all !So here are two clichés, one negrophobic, the other anti-Semitic, conveyed in a concerted manner by the leaders of SUD-RATP and La Base: the black thief and bling-bling ; the thief and greedy Jew.

The CGT chose to ignore these baseness so as not to advertise them. Solidaires denounced them in a press release and considered filing a complaint. But, in the end, the members voted for the production of a "video report" of the strike fund, in which these racist content would be deciphered. The video will be broadcast after the second distribution of checks, that is to say very soon. It is therefore the choice of pedagogy rather than recourse to bourgeois justice, which would have publicly brought RATP activists face to face. A position which is all the more delicate as no RATP union has publicly supported Solidaires ...

This story says a lot about the ordinary racism that pollutes the working class, and the work of deconstruction that the unions have to carry out.

Alexis (UCL Saint-Denis)

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