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(en) France, CNT-AIT, Anarchosyndicalisme #179: BOYCOTT VIRTUAL ELECTIONS! LET'S ORGANIZE FOR REAL STRUGGLES! (ca, de, it, fr, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 22 Jan 2023 08:56:08 +0200

From December 2 to 8, professional elections were organized in the public service. Despite the debauchery of propaganda poured out by the state and the unions to encourage us to vote electronically, abstention is largely in the majority with 56.3% overall and has even experienced record highs in the hospital public service with 62% abstention. and even peaks at 80% in hospitals in the Paris region. ---- This massive abstention demonstrates a massive rejection of the circus of trade union organizations. Nevertheless, it remains to collectively invent new forms of mobilization and collective action to face the social storm that is looming, between inflation, pension reform and the budgetary crisis of the State which will attack everyone even more harshly. public services. The activists of the CNT-AIT remain open to all proposals and initiatives...

Elections and instances wastes
Build a necessary (...)
For several weeks, we have been inundated with countless emails - and even sometimes letters - relating to the organization of professional elections. Curiously, the administration, which has no money to deal with our daily emergencies, has no financial worries for the preparation and organization of this "internet survey".

From the outset, let's be clear, at the CNT-AIT, we do not want your ballot: our union has chosen not to participate in any election, without exception.

Elections and bodies waste and channel precious energy
Management has nothing to do with instances, at worst, they sit on it, at best, they take it as a formality, a checkbox on the "social dialogue" form. It is enough to read the report of the colleagues who sit in the bodies to see the low interest in sitting there. The administration imposes its views and elected officials can only see their powerlessness. At best, the administration gives them the "first" information that could also be addressed directly to the agents.

We could have the best elected officials in the world present in the instances that we would not change anything. Worse, the state seeks to use the authorities to channel discontent and neutralize, even delegitimize, any collective protest action.

Not to mention that with the elections and the professionalization of trade unionism, a caste of professional trade union officials has sometimes been created who divert their mandate for their purely personal interest...
The December 2022 vote will please some for a few hours, maybe a few days. But after? Afterwards, we will come back to the same point, because our managements will only change their policy, their ways of doing things if we force them to.

Build a necessary and legitimate balance of power
As agents, we defend a public service at the service of workers and users. Our hierarchs, every day, demonstrate that they are the gravediggers. Therefore, how could we believe in a hypothetical "social dialogue"?

Our ability to change things, to counter the projects of our boss - who is the State - and of its representatives, lies elsewhere than in the authorities. Only the balance of power on the ground and solidarity between workers - whatever their status - can achieve real progress.
It is in the services, on a daily basis, that we need strong and solid collectives, organized into autonomous assemblies. We do not suggest that you vote, but to be active and imaginative in the modalities of action: verbal protests, petitions, walkouts, strikes, rallies, occupations, etc.
Given what the government is preparing for us on pensions, it is urgent that we meet to discuss it and prepare to respond. Bringing workers together in collectives to defend their interests, independently of political organizations, seems urgent to us.

Our anarchosyndicalist organization, the CNT-AIT, supports autonomous and sovereign assemblies of struggle, direct action and struggle in the perspective of an emancipatory project. From now on, the principles of self-management, rotation of mandates, direct democracy and equality are applied.
Boycott the elections.

But let's organize and fight!

Interested in continuing the discussion?
Contact us: CNT-AIT 7, rue St Rémésy 31000 TOULOUSE

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