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(en) France, UCL AL #317 - Antipatriarchy, Unionizing feminized sectors: for a long-term strategy (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 13 Jul 2021 10:28:15 +0300

The female wage earner is the most affected by union deserts. The reasons for this situation are multiple: more precariousness, poverty, childrearing work, home maintenance, family solidarity ... ---- Class unions, like Solidaires and the CGT, have for a while been proclaiming their desire to tackle the very low unionization of female employment sectors (commerce, healthcare, home help, etc.). The direction of the CGT has also recently unveiled the launch of a campaign on the issue. This is good news, but its content remains very disappointing[1]. ---- Photo Credit: Rouge Photo Library / Marc ---- The will of our trade unions, confederations, federations, inter-professional unions and unions will only yield real results if a necessary condition is met above all: that financial resources and union time be specially allocated, as close as possible to the field (unions local and departmental), to organize en masse employees in feminized sectors. Which is not currently the case at all.

In addition, the promotion of unionized women to facilitate this work is imperative. Permanent, long-term action will then be taken, with debates and reports on union practices that the union members concerned will implement. Another essential condition is that which requires that gender-based violence be combated much more radically in our unions.

The good results obtained by the unions of childminders in the elections of VSEs in 2021 show once again that it is possible. This trade unionism is not an insurmountable obstacle for inter-professional unionism.

Precarious and racialized jobs
But another dimension must be taken into account, in particular for the care and home professions. They are increasingly occupied by women from other continents, forced to migrate to rich countries due to the consequences of imperialist and neoliberal policies causing wars and impoverishment.

This phenomenon of "racialization" of these jobs should not be ignored, on the contrary. This will impose specific procedures. The fight at work against the effects of racist state policies will strengthen our trade union organizations and unionization campaigns in these professions.

There is a lot of work here for class struggle unionism. But by seriously moving from declarations to concrete actions, we are sure that success is at the end. The essential place of these sectors, demonstrated by the Covid-19 pandemic, is the guarantee. And then the fear will change sides ...

Michel (UCL Vosges)


[1] "Feminized jobs: what means for massive unionization ?" , Libertarian communists of the CGT, April 6, 2021.

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