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(en) Italy: Alternativa Libertaria (FdCA) Nov.03 - Editorial

From FdCA <internazionale@fdca.it>
Date Thu, 30 Oct 2003 17:54:50 +0100 (CET)

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A General Strike of all 3 confederal unions CGIL-CISL-UIL on
24th October. Something which hadn't happened since 16th
April 2002. And perhaps it would not have happened at all if
they had not been forced to by the government's actions.
Certainly, the CISL and UIL were not planning on anything
like this, not after signing the "Pact for Italy" with the
government, keeping the door open for social dialogue with
them. The CGIL wasn't planning on it either, seeing as how
its new general secretary Epifani had introduced a two-year
strategy to make up again with the CISL and UIL, signed
outstanding contracts, begun to work towards a working
relationship with the Confindustria [industrial employers'
federation - tr.] through their joint document on
competitivity and, above all, kept the social conflict to a
minimum in order not to frighten moderate voters in the run
up to elections. This General Strike against pension reform
seems really to have been more of an accident than anything -
there was in fact room for dialogue, but the givernment
slammed the door in their faces. The challenge sees clear: if
the General Strike does not get results, then it will be a
defeat for the workers; and if it does bring results, then
those results will be enough to smash the already precarious
unity between the unions, as happened after the 16th April
2002 with the "Pact for Italy".

A General Strike of the base unions on 7th November. But not
all together. The coalition which gave rise to such hope on
15th February and 18th October 2002 has been shattered. On
7th November there will only be CUB/RdB, SLAI Cobas and USI.
The others chose 24th October. The 7th November strike too is
to protest pension reform, but it was decided to hold it on a
different day to the CIGL-CISL-UIL strike in order to protest
against their support for the Dini Reform of 1995 and more
generally against their policy of "partnership" with the
government. There is a real risk that the 7th November strike
will turn out to be a flop, with consequent problems for the
whole base union movement which is already having difficulty
at grassroots level because of the choice of a separate

A General Strike called by FIOM-CGIL for 7th November. The
Fiom continues its solitary battle, strongly supported by the
industrial workers, in its attempt to render useless the
separate contract signed by Confindustria with the CISL and
UIL and to protest against de-industrialization.

It is hard to imagine, though, that the coinciding date of
7th November will bring any advantage to the 3 base unions.
The social protests regarding pensions should really bring
about the greatest possible unity of all workers; there
really should be widescale, united mobilization in support of
the whole pension and social insurance system.

Because that is what is at stake!



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