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(en) France, UCL AL #334 - Trade unionism, FAPT-CGT Congress: Debating trade union structure (ca, de, it, fr, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 2 Feb 2023 09:06:24 +0200

In mid-November, the XXXVIIth congress of the FAPT-CGT (Federation of Postal Activities and Telecommunications) was held. We return here to two important questions that were discussed. ---- The entire CGT has been shaken for some time by the feminist wave. On the subject of sexist and sexual violence (VSS) within the CGT and its confederal watch cell, the management of the FAPT-CGT rather shares the proactive positions of Marie Buisson, approached to succeed Philippe Martinez. The congress heard several interventions to support this cell and present tools to fight against SGBV. ---- Few unions intervened to explain their practices on this subject. And when one of them proposed the establishment of a training plan on GBV, this was reflected in the orientation document by a vague decision inviting to "fight against all violence". This lack of concreteness does not clearly commit the management of the federation to strengthening the conditions for action by the vast majority of women in the FAPT-CGT. Because the action of the convinced trade union leaders cannot be effective, in this long-term struggle, without the support of the base. Support that is gained through work of conviction and training.

The FAPT-CGT is a federation that brings together banking and telecommunications activities. But also logistics (with the delivery of mail and parcels), which has become a central activity in capitalism. This federation, historically unionizing civil servants, strongly blames the blow of privatization and the dismantling of the public service.

Guidance that lacks concrete
Subcontracting, subsidiarization, explosion of the diversity of employee statuses have a direct impact in its federal field of action. It will also suffer a drastic drop in union resources with the establishment of social and economic committees at La Poste in 2024.

Several local victories show the real will of the unions to fight for the hiring on permanent contracts of staff under precarious contracts. But they encounter a real difficulty in organizing it in the workplace. Because depending on their status or their company, different CGT federations are then concerned. However, this wage earner is beginning to become the majority in certain sectors of the federation's field of action. How then can this reality of work groups be taken into account? Several interventions questioned the current union structure. But the congress did not provide any concrete response, apart from coordination between the CGT federations concerned. Which is not simple, and insufficient. A wait-and-see attitude is no longer appropriate on this issue either, because employers are not!

Simon (UCL Rennes)

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