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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]
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
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
To go deeper:
PROFESSIONAL ELECTIONS AGAINST TRADE UNIONS
ANARCHOSYNDICALISM AND REPRESENTATIVENESS
REPRESENTATIVE AND VISIBILITY
PROFESSIONAL ELECTIONS AGAINST SOCIAL STRUGGLES
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