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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL Novembre - class unity: Towards an inter-network control (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:37:05 +0200

On October 15 a meeting was held at the Paris Labour Exchange which helped make a progress report around the call "It blocks all! ". Trade union CGT, SUD-Solidaires, FSU, CNT-SO ... were there to share and build together. ---- "There is still fighting." It is under this title that was convened the meeting on Saturday 15 October. If the crowd was modest with about fifty participants, the discussions have not been affected so far. The comrades of SUD-Solidaires were more in number with SUD-education of members and SUD-PTT mainly but also South-Commerce, SUD-Rail and representatives of local or departmental unions (Nord, Paris, Saint- Denis). The Inter nature of the meeting was still real thanks to the presence of activists of the CGT (correctors, energy, students, FERC Info'Com, territorial), FSU (Emancipation trend) and CNT SO. Finally, if essentially participation was francilienne, note that the comrades of Dijon, Lille, Grenoble (under local collective Isère "It all hangs") or Mulhouse Orleans made the trip.

A first turn to speak allowed to return to the fight sequence against the labor law lived between 9 March and 15 September. Starting from the concrete experiences and pitfalls encountered, including the difficulty in engaging the strike, to renew ... and more to generalize, trade has shown that industrial action remained well and truly the backbone of any movement social.

Do not replace existing union tools

This mobilization without ignoring other frameworks (including standing Nights, the reality varied from one place to another) or the terms of symbolic actions backed the strike (type blocks) interesting when they replaced not the latter.

The discussion then focused on the proposal to establish an inter-network fighting to follow the call "It blocks all! ". If this proposal seems there is unanimous, it raised many questions about its objectives as in its structuring.

The will not replace existing union tools but rather to complement was recalled. The idea that this network is an inter-union solidarity horizontal space (against repression, in support of local strikes ...) returned several times. concrete expression of that concern: a statement / support leaflet Goodyear came out in the days following the meeting. The text "It is still fighting" has meanwhile been updated to continue to trade, especially in our structures, for a next meeting in December.

Théo Rival (AL Orléans)

Texts "Solidarity seamlessly with Goodyear 8" and "There is still fighting" are online onbloquetout.org .
'Le Bourg and the Workshop, "a book on trade unionism daily

Enter the union work "from below". Such is the project sociologist Julian Mischi in this book published earlier this year in Agnone. "Why and how do they keep the workers to campaign despite the strength of the process promoting their political exclusion? "That's the question the book raises. The answer is based on observation of the field of trade unionism in its daily, through immersion at the local level and over the long term with railway and railway workers CGT of a maintenance workshop SNCF in rural eastern France .

The researcher is analyzing the multiple obstacles faced by activists and activists, both in the advocacy work of their colleagues in the confrontation with the hierarchy and sometimes strained relations with other unions. The test described with class consciousness in detail being built, at a time when it is in crisis because, among other reorganizations of labor at work at the SNCF (individual bonuses, promotion 'choice "inducing competition between wage earners among themselves and, potentially, their docility) and beyond. Participation in a strong collective, that is to say, taking precedence over individual impulses, based on ideals and not on a trade union services, appears as a powerful foil to the dominant individualism and simultaneously as a crucible, a training area where militants reflexes are put in place. Certainly, in a railway workshop, unionization is made easier by the membership of the working men and women to the category of wage earners in status. And in this rural area, Indigenousness many railway workers, often a son or daughter of railwaymen, also makes it easier to union involvement. However, the sociologist mentions cases of accession to the CGT workers from peasants and Catholic conservatives, who experience awareness during their union.

Syndicalism is also shown as a strong politicization of space and learning in contact with the militant group. For example, the sentence within the collective deemed sexist attitudes (as well as racist or homophobic), if certainly not solve all problems automatically, also has long-term positive effects on the consideration by each of the type issues. While this is not contradictory with the persistence of some militants in virilism habitus.

Another exciting point of the work is the precise study of the formation of cultural capital among militant trade union cadres from the working classes and have a low educational level * (often type CAP). The knowledge and skills acquired during their militant trajectory - mastery of writing, reading or legal regulations, public speaking, self-control and self-control against the boss, etc. - Allow these activists to establish more equal relationships with their superiors. The author describes how this capital is sometimes militant reinvested in the accession to master even coaching in the business, and also in local political games - many railway workers are involved, sometimes as mayors or councilors municipal, common in this rural area. However, these developments union officials are balanced with the risk of expulsion from land permanent. Indeed, the latter become more "competent" by the force of things, tend to accumulate, sometimes against their will, the union office, and therefore not to be hardly present in the workshop. This raises both critical of their colleagues on a real or perceived bureaucracy, and a form of self-criticism on their part vis-à-vis what they feel a damaging remoteness of the terrain and working conditions of their colleagues. the risk we see that "bureaucracy" often sent to national frameworks, is already a reality at local level, and can create tensions between unionists "professionalized-es" and wage earners.

Sociologist finds a consideration of this issue and a desire to build a "members of unionism" where union members as possible to be able to take some of the tasks.

In short, useful work for both researchers in social sciences for field unionists.

Vincent (AL Paris-Sud)

Julian Mischi, Le Bourg and the Workshop - Sociology of the trade union struggle, Agone, 408 pages, 23 euros.

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