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(en) FdCA, Italy: Spring-striking (it)

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Fri, 2 Apr 2004 19:44:25 +0200 (CEST)

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It doesn't often happen that we get a general strike every week! But,
on the 1st we had the school strike by the CIB Unicobas and the Cobas
Confederation grassroots unions against the reforms being introduced by
the education minister, Moratti. Unfortunately there was no real
co-ordination of these strikes. Then, on the 7th we had the railway
strike called by the SULT union against the firing of several workers
following their appearance on "Report", a current affairs TV programme.
This was followed on the 12th by a strike called by only two grassroots
unions, the CUB and the anarcho-syndicalist USI-AIT against the
government's economic policies and the partnership tactics of the
mainstream unions. Next up was the strike on the 26th by the big
unions, CGIL, CISL and UIL against the government's pension reform and
in support of the tactic of partnership (!). Unfortunately, the
enormous goodwill of thousands of workers in supporting these strikes
to protest against the government is not matched by a situation within
the unions which matches the expectations of the class, something amply
demonstrated during the local transport workers' struggles.

Grassroots syndicalism seems to have passed from a state of disarray
(already noticeable last autumn) to an even more worrying state of
disintegration, at least where co-ordination is concerned. Single,
unconnected strong points in certain categories or locations no longer
seem enough to support an alternative on a national level. The big
confederal unions are trying to create the conditions for a new
partnership agreement, perhaps with the help of the renewed
Confindustria, the industrial employers' federation. Even the contracts
which have already been signed (transport workers, commerce, tourism,
chemical industry) allow no room for doubt regarding the choices of the
CGIL, CISL and UIL, and the forthcoming FIOM congress (the metalworkers
union which is part of the CGIL) could put an end to the unusual case
of the CGIL. It remains for us anarchists to work for self-organization
and class autonomy.

(il romito)

>From Alternativa Libertaria, March 2004
Monthly news-sheet of the Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici


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