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(en) France, CNT-AIT, Anarchosyndicalisme #179: Content + Editorial (ca, de, it, fr, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 20 Jan 2023 09:59:03 +0200

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Without Homeland or Borders
Editorial - AIT: 100 years of struggle... And we continue!
World of work:
The class struggle is a real fight
Boycott professional elections
No blood in our bread!
Viewpoint on the 1993 split
Harvest at Moët et Chandon
The APAVE is not in the norm!
Letter from readers
Victory of the strikers, the conquest of bread
Cross-strike by delivery men from Ukraine and Russia
AIT against sports madness since 1925
The theocompatible left against the wall
Anarchists in Ukraine resist the war!
Anarchists, commitment and resistance
Interview with Yvan, deserter...
Iran: woman, life, freedom, revolution!

AIT: 100 years of struggles... and we continue!

Exactly 100 years ago, from December 25, 1922 to January 2, 1923, workers' delegates from all continents met in Berlin to found the International Workers' Association (AIT). Taking up the torch of the Paris Commune and the anti-authoritarian First International, relying on their experiences acquired through their active participation in the Mexican, Russian, Ukrainian, German or Italian revolutions of the 1920s, pioneers of nascent anti-colonialism, they laid the groundwork for a new doctrine of revolutionary action, anarchosyndicalism. Having libertarian communism as their goal, they established their organization of international revolutionary struggle on the principles of federalism, autonomy, equality and solidarity, direct action and rejection not only of the State and of Capitalism, but also of any political organization.

One hundred years later, Capitalism is still there, ravaging the planet and humans. States are more powerful than ever, always extending their deadly and warlike capacities. Politicians keep putting us to sleep, bludgeoning us and blinding us when we no longer pretend to believe them. While Humanity is facing an existential threat, are the principles and tactics of anarchosyndicalism still relevant at the beginning of the 21st century? War in Ukraine, social misery, ecological disasters, exploitation of human beings... concretely what are the proposals of today's anarchosyndicalists to act, from the local to the global level.

It is on these questions in particular that the delegates of the 28th Congress of the AIT debated, from December 5 to 11, 2022 in Alcoy (Spain), in a room full of history, since it was the place of creation of the Spanish section of the First International in 1873.

Because 100 years later, thwarting all the forecasts and the ominous birds that announce like parrots its disappearance every 10 years, the AIT is still there. She survived all repressions, all exiles, all attempts at annihilation, from Patagonia to Japan, from Nazi concentration camps to communist gulags, and even integration via money and corruption. , the deadliest poison of all to which many trade unionists, even "revolutionary" ones, have succumbed...
For 5 days, in this industrial city in crisis in Spain, where we know what worker dignity and class solidarity mean, found this small concentration of humanity from 4 continents, exchanging in all languages of the earth... and even in Esperanto, without regard to identity of any kind. AIT is very much alive, it is even growing, as the companions from Indonesia, Pakistan, Australia, Chile and Colombia have come to tell us. And even in Europe, since we had the pleasure of welcoming the Irish companions of Organize into the great international family of anarchosyndicalism.

Undeniably, anarchosyndicalism, its principles and modes of action are more topical than ever. Institutional unionism continues to sink into corruption with the bosses and the powerful. The indictment of Luca Vicenti, Secretary General of the International Trade Union Confederation (the international common to the CFDT, the CFTC, the CGT and FO) in the context of Qatargate is the perfect illustration of this.

Workers have understood that they have nothing to expect from institutional unions. The results of the recent professional elections in the public service, in which the CNT-AIT was the only anarcosyndicate to call for a boycott, speak for themselves. It now remains to translate this distancing vis-à-vis the unions into a movement to resume the struggles.
Like the current strike of SNCF controllers, launched by an autonomous collective of self-organized workers, refusing to play the game of representativeness and media spectacle by refusing to speak to the newspapers. Christophe Barbier, the famous ultra-liberal columnist for BFMTV, made no mistake about it "it's the return of anarchosyndicalism, this doctrine based on the thought of Bakunin, which uses direct action, and refuses any trade union mediation between the boss and the workers.

100 years later, the principles and tactics of the AIT would therefore not be completely dead... As a pension reform is announced which will be bloody against workers and workers, it is up to us to amplify the movement for that finally, we are moving from successive defensive union defeats over the past 50 years to a massive and inventive offensive. To all the workers who have not completely lost hope, the CNT-AIT opens its arms to them: join us!

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