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(en) France, UCL - Pensions, Battle for our pensions: how to win? (ca, de, it, fr, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 27 Jan 2023 08:27:20 +0200

What they want: to make us work more and every man for himself ---- The labor movement has always fought to gain life time beyond the control of the bosses. Their "reform" of pensions simply aims to take back what was gained during the 20th century. And the counter-offensive is violent, 2 years at once. At the same time, it is planned to accelerate the Touraine reform which extends the number of annuities required (43) to receive a full pension. Result: a reduction in pensions which will lead to the provision of individual savings solutions. ---- The pension system is still largely financed by the socialization of part of our salaries, what capitalists call social charges. The continuous employer exemptions of successive governments and their "reforms" on all the safety nets (unemployment, health, etc.) have for several decades attacked the principle of solidarity which had presided over the creation of Social Security.

What we want: to pool wealth for more solidarity
The attack on pensions is therefore not only the business of retirees, it is the banner of a society for the strongest to the detriment of the others. On the contrary, we must reaffirm and repopularize the principle of a large Social Security managed by the population where we pool a large part of the wealth we produce, to provide for all the vagaries of life in a solidarity manner. And its scope must be widened, in particular to cover new risks such as those linked to climate change. This approach can allow us to make the connection between struggles against pension reform and those for higher wages and with the destruction of unemployment insurance. But also with environmental struggles. And thus to build a broad social front carrying an emancipatory project.

To achieve this: build the balance of power from now on!
The meaning to be given to "what to fight for?" " is important. But the Macron government will only let go if we are able to paralyze the economy by tapping into the wallets of employers.

We have the advantage of an extensive trade union arc which refuses the postponement of the retirement age as well as the extension of the number of years of contribution. We must build on these positions to build unity at the base.

Let us organize to build a mass strike, in all sectors, continuous and renewed by the AGs of strikers in the workplaces and in the territories, to spread social anger and defeat government projects.

This is the first condition for being able to overturn the table: no longer accepting to work ever more for the profits of a few. Regain control over our lives and our work so that it becomes emancipatory, reconcilable with ecological imperatives and socially useful. To fight against our real enemies so as not to let the fascists grow any longer on social regression and oppression.

Let's take back the power over our lives and our work, let's destroy capitalism!
Libertarian Communist Union, January 16, 2023

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