Posts Tagged ‘Trade Unions’
“Nous voulons la rupture avec le PS”
He charged the country’s Socialist Party of participating in “neo-liberal” governments.
La FGTB Charleroi organise samedi avec la CNE-Hainaut un meeting pour créer une “alternative de gauche à la crise capitaliste”. Des formations de la gauche radicale sont aussi invitées, mais il n’est pas question de créer un nouveau parti explique Daniel Piron, secrétaire régional de la FGTB Charleroi/Sud-Hainaut. “Il y a une volonté de travailler ensemble et d’élargir la réflexion aux autres instances syndicales de la FGTB et de la CSC“**.
The FGBT Charleroi is organising a meeting on Saturday with the CNE-Hinaut to “create a left-wing alternative to the capitalist crisis. Organisations of the radical left have been invited, though there is no question of forming a new party, explained Daniel Prion, the regional secretary of the FGBT Charlero/Sud-Hainaut. “There is a will to work together, to deeper our analysis, with other parts of the union structure inside the FGBT and the CSC”.
Daniel Piron added,
le PS et Ecolo “ne sont plus des partis qui relaient les revendications du monde du travail. Ces partis sont intégrés au système.
The Socialist Party and the Greens are “no longer parties which reflect the demands of working people. These parties are part-and-parcel of the system.
Background information on La Lettre aux syndicalistes Blog here.
The left groups invited include (see article here), Le parti de Gauche (aligned with its French counterpart of Jean-Luc Mélenchon) the Front des Gauches (alliance of 6 small groups, including Communist Party, and the LCR) , LCR (Fourth International), LRT (Committee for a Workers International CWI) , PTB (Parti du travail de Belgique – Partij van de Arbeid van België – Marxist-Leninist)
* 1,5 Million members. La Fédération générale du travail de Belgique (FGTB) (Algemeen Belgisch Vakverbond = ABVV.
** 1,7 million members La Confédération des syndicats chrétiens, ou CS
Sheldon: Better leader than John Rees.
The People’s Assembly Against Austerity is a welcome initiative.
It comes at a time when there is a need to concentrate minds and activism on the fight against the Liberal-Tory Coalition.
It is a response from what Ernest Bevin would call the “bowels of the labour movement”.
And a lot more, Greens, anti-cuts campaigns, and plain ordinary people sick with austerity politics.
Its ideas reflect the young brilliant writer Owen Jones who has been taken to the heart of that labour movement.
People around the country are already inspired.
But, and there’s always a but, there are concerns.
Why has John Rees appeared as a leading figure cited in the Independent?
John Rees is, to put it mildly, ‘controversial’.
Some people, and I have spoken to them face-to-face, say he is a good person.
However, the politics of the group he leads, Counterfire, (a split from the SWP with very similar policies and ideas) are not universally admired.
On any measure Rees is not a suitable figurehead for a unifying movement.
We are at a crucial political point.
Our movement has to respond to the hate and fear of the Liberal-Tory Coalition with unity.
There is no place for discredited divisive figures.
Personally I would prefer Sheldon Cooper of Big Bang Theory and Buffy the Vampire Slayer to head our movement.
* I have to cite comrade Anna in detail.
For who do we see at the helm? John Rees and his Counterfire crew — the usual suspects with the reverse Midas touch, turning everything to shit; arch-bureaucrats bringing order and stasis to the struggle like Blue Meanies invading Pepperland. If you want to see what’s in store for this much-needed initiative, it would pay to examine what’s happened every time the former Socialist Workers Party (SWP) leaders — the John Rees/Lindsey German axis — have bolted themselves to the head of a campaign: how Rees took an axe to the Socialist Alliance (SA); how they sunk Respect; and how they sat on the anti-war movement in the Stop the War Coalition (STWC). They can’t see a flicker of life without holding a pillow over its head and declaring themselves king and queen of the castle.
like some Mafia don testing out a henchman intent on making his bones, Rees instructed me to carry out a character assassination on them in the SA email lists and media for being late.
PARIS, Feb 20 (Reuters) – The CEO of a U.S. tyre maker has delivered a crushing summary of how some outsiders view France’s work ethic in a letter saying he would have to be stupid to take over a factory whose staff only put in three hours work a day.
Titan International’s Maurice Taylor, nicknamed “The Grizz” for his negotiating style, told the left-wing French industry minister in a letter published by media on Wednesday that he had no interest in rescuing a plant set for closure.
“The French workforce gets paid high wages but works only three hours. They get one hour for breaks and lunch, talk for three and work for three,” Taylor wrote on Feb. 8 in the letter in English to the minister, Arnaud Montebourg.
“I told this to the French union workers to their faces. They told me that’s the French way!” Taylor added in the letter, which was posted by business daily Les Echos on its website and which the ministry confirmed was genuine.
“Titan is going to buy a Chinese tire company or an Indian one, pay less than one Euro per hour wage and ship all the tires France needs,” he said. “You can keep the so-called workers.”
I think it would be fair to say that these comments have not gone down well in France.
l’Humanité leads with,
“Le PDG de Titan insulte les ouvriers de Goodyear dans un courrier à Montebourg”.
Imagine, having breaks from chatting and lazing around for an hour a day!
Tunisian UGTT: Defends the Workers Against Islamists.
Protests against Islamist rule are not confined to Egypt.
From the Mashriq to the Maghreb people are opposing the ‘parties of god’.
Next Thursday in Tunisia the union federation, the UGTT, has called a General Strike.
The background as described by Gulf News,
On Tuesday, several hundred Islamists armed with knives and sticks charged a gathering of members of the UGTT union in the capital and broke office windows with stones. Police had to intervene to separate the two groups.
“The UGTT decided to go on strike on December 13, after the attack on the central trade unions and trade unionists on Tuesday,” the union said in a statement on Wednesday.
“The UGTT (General Union of Tunisian Workers) has decided that a general strike will take place on Thursday, December 13, across Tunisia,” it told AFP.
It called the strike to protest an attack on Tuesday against a UGTT demonstration blamed by the union on supporters of the Islamist ruling party.
A union leader told AFP the UGTT demands the dissolution of the League for the Protection of the Revolution. It accuses the group, close to the ruling Ennahda party and with a reputation for brutal violence — of Tuesday’s attack.
The nationwide strike call is only the third to be made by the powerful UGTT since its foundation in the 1940s.
The first was in 1978 and the second work on January 12, 2011 — two days before the fall of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s regime.
On Tuesday, several dozen assailants attacked members of the UGTT, who were gathered outside the union’s headquarters in Tunis to mark the 60th anniversary of the assassination of its founder, Farhat Hached.
Police intervened to separate the two sides, but 10 demonstrators were wounded in the attack, according to the trade union.
Tunisia Live reports that opposition members of the National Constituent Assembly (المجلس الوطني التأسيسي التونسي, Assemblée constituante tunisienne) have called for a 3 day boycott of its plenary proceedings in solidarity with the UGTT.
It will be interesting to see how the junior member of the Ennahda government, the Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties (Arabic: التكتل الديمقراطي من أجل العمل والحريات, at-Takattul ad-Dīmuqrāṭī min ajl il-‘Amal wal-Ḥurriyyāt ; Ettakatol – Forum démocratique pour le travail et les libertés) which has observer status to the Second International, will react to this latest act by Islamist thugs.
President Moncef Marzouki has recently called for a smaller Cabinet of technocrats to deal with the crisis.
Ennahada has enjoyed very favourable coverage in the UK .
“The once savagely repressed progressive Islamist party An-Nahda won the Tunisian elections this week on a platform of pluralist democracy, social justice and national independence. Tunisia has faced nothing like the backlash the uprisings in other Arab countries have received, but that spirit is the driving force of the movement for change across a region long manipulated and dominated by foreign powers.”
@georgegalloway George Galloway tweeted before this election,
“Tunisians: Choose An-Nadha in elections. Sheikh Rachid is a wise kind brave man. A lion should lead the lions who began the Arab Revolution!”
Now we know the wisdom and bravery of this ’lion’.
Video of the attack on the UGTT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZV0PAXzG-A