About « Comrade » Trotsky …

On the occasion of the remembrance of the assassination of Trotsky by the Stalinists 80 years ago, some shed crocodile tears over the (evil) genius of the Russian revolution.
We could recall his role in the repression of non-Bolshevik Russian revolutionaries after 17, in the crushing of the insurrectionary army in Ukraine (makhnovstchina), or even his vile attacks against the POUM and Andres Nin in 37 while the latter were in being tortured by Stalin’s henchmen in Barcelona.


But we do not forget either that in the Transition Program, written in 1938 and which still today is the Bible of every Trotskyist whatever his sect of affiliation, Trotsky calls for a fight to the death against the IWA (International Workers Association) , the anarchosyndicalist International recreated in 1922 :

The Fourth International declares uncompromising war on the Anarcho-syndicalist International

The Transitional Program, Trotsky, 1938

https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1938/tp/tp-text2.htm#or

Companion anarchosyndicalist, when you meet a Trotskyist, you know what to expect. Prevention is better than cure, the best defense is attack …

PLANCHES d’AUTOCOLLANTS ANTI-GUERRE A IMPRIMER

le Capitalisme c’est la guerre !

(français, anglais, esperanto, turc, kurde, arabe, persan, hébreu)

Modèle d’autocollants anti-guerre à imprimer sur des planches autocollantes adhésives :

(lire la suite pour télécharger la planche complète)

Planche complète d’autocollants A4 à télécharger et imprimer sur des étiquettes autocollantes (format 8 étiquettes / page)

Mort aux vaches ! Death to the brutes (1943)

Following is a complete translation of the anarchist poster
titled « Death to The Brutes. » One hundred fifty copies were
printed in August, 1943 ; it was signed International
Revolutionary Syndicalist Federation (F.I.S.R.).

« Mort aux vaches » means litteraly « death to cows ». In French, policemen are traditionnaly represtend by cows and not by pigs, as in english world. So the title could be understand today as ACAB, or more generally death to all brutes and leaders of all kind.

Death to the brutes

Worker !

From East to West, from South to North, throughout the world, for three years, to a greater or lesser extent, you have been paying the price of the battle unleashed by your masters.

Thousands of proletarians of all countries are dying, while men of finance, politics and war, brutes that they are, congratulate each other, giving speeches, sharing out the benefits, and dividing the wealth and privileges among themselves.

Remember, you veteran of the « war to end all wars, » when you came home in 1918, still blood-stained from that infamous butchery which left ten million dead, twenty million injured, ten million permanently disabled, three million missing and millions of widows and orphans–then you said, and promised,
NEVER AGAIN !

Now, again, the military beasts have got their hands on you. All over the world, men are no longer men, they are serial numbers.

How long will this last?

Until the proletarians of the whole world understand that they have only one enemy: THEIR LEADERS.


Until the proletarians of the whole world fraternize, unite and finally charge forward, armed with bayonets still wet with their brothers’ blood, to stab in the ass all the governing and war-mongering charlatans.

Proletarians: In 1919 and in 1936 you shouted, « DEATH TO ALL BRUTES !« 

Now, in 1943, don’t shout, ACT.

Kill ALL of them, whether they wear a swastika, a red star, the Order of the
Garter, the Lorraine Cross (1) or the francisque (2).

(1) Lorraine cross is the symbol of Gaullist movement

(2) Francisque was the symbol of the pro-nazi French State of Vichy

To All Intellectual And Manual Workers (1943)

The following is a complete translation of a text written in
Marseille in 1943 by Jean Sauliere (alias Andre Arru), Voline
and other comrades. Between 3,000 and 5,000 copies were printed
in Toulouse, at the Printshop of the Lions brothers, who were firends of CGTSR, the French Section of IWA of that tme.

It was signed International Revolutionary
Syndicalist Federation (F.I.S.R. was the French acronym).
Translations and Summaries by Charlatan Stew
Seattle, U.S.A., 1995
Taken from: http://recollectionbooks.com/siml/library/index.html

The following is a complete translation of a text written in
Marseille in 1943 by Jean Sauliere (alias Andre Arru), Voline
and other comrades. Between 3,000 and 5,000 copies were printed
in Toulouse, at the Printshop of the Lions brothers, who were firends of CGTSR, the French Section of IWA of that tme.

It was signed International Revolutionary
Syndicalist Federation (F.I.S.R. was the French acronym).
Translations and Summaries by Charlatan Stew
Seattle, U.S.A., 1995
Taken from: http://recollectionbooks.com/siml/library/index.html

To all intellectual and manual workers :

At a time when humanity,
led by madmen, strivers and hypocrites, is collapsing under the
repeated blows of greedy profiteers of

all sorts, we are once again making a sincere appeal to all
reasonable and practical individuals to try to avoid total
destruction and to take advantage of the present chaos to turn
their efforts toward a rational and humane form of social
organization. It is undeniably the fault of all governments
that the blood of workers has been flowing in torrents in all
countries for three years. Although Hitler and Mussolini most
directly provoked the conflict, others were also responsible;
including international financiers. Industrial and financial
trusts bankrolled the Italian Fascist movement and the German
National Socialists from 1919 to 1930. They also funded the
press in the various democratic and fascist countries to wage
the bellicose campaigns that incited the strong and unending
resentment in all countries from 1930 to 1939, which led to the
present war. At the same time, they blocked any movement for
the liberation of the working masses.

The present conflict is the doing of the money powers of each
nation, powers that live internationally and exclusively off the
exploitation of human beings by human beings. It is also the
result of international competition, shady deals, and political
rivalries between men and systems, as well as the result of the
venality, weakness, hypocrisy and stupid recklessness of the
politicians of the whole world. And we mean all of them.
Secret diplomacy has been used ruthlessly in both London and
Berlin, in Paris and Moscow, in both Washington and Tokyo.

Now yesterday’s imperialists pose as liberators. The makers and
peddlers of the Versailles Treaty, the inventors and wreckers of
the League of Nations, the accomplices of Hindenburg and
Dollfus, the stranglers of the Spanish Revolution, the fomenters
of the Mexican counter-revolutions, those who have supplied
Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy-they claim to be bringing
order to the world. But they have never wanted anything but
disorder and the disunity of the nations of both hemispheres.

What do sordid English imperialism and ferocious American
capitalism have to offer us? Quite simply, a return to « the pre-
war situation, » a return to the Versailles status quo or
something like it, and the reconstruction of the League of
Nations, the continuation of the exploitation of labor by
capital, the bank as mistress of the world, gold as king, the
thousand and one diplomatic combinations, the thousand and one
political and financial combinations that we know so well. In
sum, they are offering us the makings of another nice little
world war in twenty-five or thirty years–if the people of the
world are not capable of constituting a true League of Peoples
which would guarantee peace and organize the world through
social revolution everywhere.

On the other hand, what do the apostles of the « national
revolution » have to offer us? They offer a revolution in
reverse, which would throw humanity back to the darkest times of
its existence, into an abyss of racial and religious fanaticism,
a total slavery of the laboring masses and an absolute
obliteration of the individual.

Then there is the USSR. Even though Stalin’s republic has done
away with private capital, it has not done away with class
differences. There are still high functionaries, the military
elite, privileged workers and, at the bottom, the people.
What’s more, we find it guilty of having suppressed every
practice, appearance or idea of liberty. Unfortunately, the GPU
is quite the equal of the Gestapo; and, besides fascists, the
concentration camps in Siberia also imprison socialists,
Trotskyists, unionists and left libertarians. Unfortunately,
the USSR is also guilty of playing a diplomatic game which has
served the purposes of both the fascists and the imperialists–
and has made possible the unleashing of the present terrible
conflict.

All this means that the people cannot have, nor should they any
longer have, confidence in any of the rulers or their political
systems. Heads of state and military leaders of all stripes and
tendencies change from one side to another, tear up treaties
while signing new ones, serve now a republic, now a
dictatorship, collaborate with those who made war on them
yesterday, and reverse themselves again and again. They have
done this so often and with such ease that their honor, sworn
word, integrity and honesty now have no significance.

While the statesmen, the generals, the admirals and their ilk
are permitted to play their petty, mad game, the ordinary people
are paying the price. They are mobilized for the democracies,
against democracies, for the fascists, against fascists. In
Africa,

Asia and Europe the people are paying the price for these
conflicts. They are getting their faces smashed in. The homes
of ordinary people are being crushed, with women and children
inside. And tomorrow it will be the people who will pay the
price for reconstruction.

We call on all those who have chosen sides without thinking to
open their eyes to the situation. German and Italian fascism,
the products of world imperialism, are in their death throes.
Anglo-American imperialism is being aided by all of the
capitalist forces which are presently at bay. They are
preparing for (1) an imperialist peace of the Versailles Treaty
type, which will embody a new basis for future conflicts and
their hopes for new advantages; (2) the stifling of any movement
for workers’ emancipation, with the help of the traitors and
strivers of all countries; (3) a settling of accounts, whether
or not this involves an amicable arrangement with the USSR.

As for the USSR, it aspires to be a state-capitalist world
power, which, because of its despotism, will be as evil as
private capitalism.

This will be the global order, unless the workers of the whole
world unite from now on to plant the flag of social revolution
in the chaos that surrounds us. What must we do to accomplish
this? First, we need to utilize the natural tendency of the
people toward continental unity through the federation of the
countries of each continent. We need to develop ties of
solidarity between the continents and give to these ties a
functional form through the constitution of a true League of
Peoples. It must not be simply a refurbished League of Nations,
with its self-serving-interests. We need to make this League of
Peoples into a truly economic, administrative and social
regulator of the whole world organized for peace and against
war, by creating bodies to serve it, such as an International
Economic Council and an International Administrative and Social
Council. But without doubt this can only be accomplished
through a social revolution that is as global as the present
war.

And to carry out this gigantic task the peoples must develop
agreement, join together and struggle, to understand, act and
strive toward the goal. In preparation, they must lay the
foundations within their respective proletariats for a vast
federalist movement that would at first be continental in scope
and, later, worldwide. They must be prepared to take into
account the various concrete realities and possible development
within each country, in order to plan their movement so that
their own class organizations will bring to life the
institutions through which the associated peoples will rule
tomorrow.

By social revolution we mean the abolition of political power,
of militarism, of gold as king, and of classes. By social
revolution we also mean the complete and definitive freedom of
speech, organization and action for everyone, the free
availability of the means of production for all peoples,
including access to jobs, products, education and security for
all. By social revolution we mean power in the hands of
everyone through libertarian syndicalist association, which
would promote production in all countries and worldwide, thereby
ensuring an equitable distribution of raw materials and finished
products, including consumer goods. We also mean communitarian
association,, which would satisfy all consumption needs through
the distribution of goods in the interest of all. By social
revolution we also mean creating all of the social bodies
capable of fostering full development and fulfillment of
individuals in all areas. We also mean the guaranteeing of real
social equality to all through the proper administration of a
healthy and popular form of justice, based on conciliation and
arbitration.

We need geographic association, uniting localities, regions and
countries through permanent liaison bodies of the economic and
administrative institutions, in order to better manage the
interests on all levels of all peoples harmoniously associated
and working together practically. For this to happen, the
social revolution will have to be not only worldwide and, as
much as possible, simultaneous in all countries, but it will
also have to make way for an era of reason, socially-conscious
science and freed labor.

We must make every effort. It doesn’t mean fighting just
against Hitler’s fascism, but against all varieties of fascism,
against all tyrannies, whether of the right, center

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or left, whether monarchist, democratic or socialist. No
tyranny will emancipate labor, free the world or organize
humanity on a truly new basis.

It’s not a matter of talking about liberty, but living freely.
It doesn’t involve talking about fraternity, but living
fraternally. We aren’t struggling to inscribe words on a banner
or to change the color of a flag. We are not speaking in
abstract terms. We want to progress from perpetual war to
perpetual peace, from human exploitation of human to social
equality, from total or partial tyranny to complete freedom,
from confusion to consciousness.

We don’t agree to any compromises with anyone. We are not
attached to any personality or party. We want the practical
realization of the same social Idea that has been envisioned for
nearly two hundred years by republicans, socialists, left labor
unionists and libertarians. We are convinced that only the
method we have described above can bring it into being. Today
we come together in struggle; tomorrow we will work together
toward this goal and make it a reality.

In order to best accomplish this task, we are looking for more
people to join us.

Information Bulletin – Special Covid19 SRAS2 – Health and care Workers

The Coronavirus pandemic affects all countries and will have an impact – direct or indirect – on the lives of billions of people. It is important despite the crises we are going through to keep our critical mind, to try to understand how we got into this situation, how to cope, and how to imagine solutions for after the crisis.

IWA is the International Workers Association. It brings together worldwide workers, gathered into national sections, who recognize themselves in the principles, tactics and purposes of anarchosyndicalism. We want to contribute to this necessary work of collective critical reflection about the situation.

By this bulletin, we have gathered texts produced by IWA sections, or groups we feel close to, who are active in the health and care sector. It emerges from these articles that overall the situation is the same everywhere: lack of means, lack of training, staff sacrificed by an unpreparedness of the health services which have been destroyed for several years in the name of managerial efficiency and financial profitability. Today we see the effectiveness of these restructurings … otal havoc … This disorganization and even this chaos are not the fruit of chance, they are not due to anarchists, they are the result of the combined action of the State and Capitalism. To save humanity, we have no choice but to organize collectively to put an end to the state and capitalism.

If you wish to continue receiving this newsletter, contact your AIT section in your country (contact list is on http://iwa-ait.org) or the AIT secretariat: secretariado@iwa-ait.org

« Anarchy is the highest expression of Order. « (E RECLUS)

Let’s finish with the Chaos of State and Capitalism!

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CONTENT

– Care worker organising in a pandemic (Sol Fed, UK, 2020-04-10)    2

– War triage, containment and the role of the working class (CNT-AIT, Spain, 2020-04-03)    3

– Careworkers: Cannon fodder to the coronavirus? (SolFed, UK, 2020-04-08)    4

– In front of the current folly, we oppose experience. Statement from the CNT-AIT Madrid’s Health Section (CNT-AIT, Spain, 2020-03-28)    6

– Professional elections are not protective for unionists, they are a lure and a trap ! No to repression against workers in Health sector ! (CNT-AIT, France, Spain, 2020-04-07)    8

– Even (and especially) during a crisis, Direct action get the goods !  (CNT-AIT, France, 2020-04-07)    9

– Care workers are not soldiers! (CNT-AIT, France, 2020-04-05)    9

– Mutual aid in action: IWA sections exemples of concrete solidarity (BASF-IWA Bangladesh, ZSP-IWA Poland, March 2020)        10

– This System is Making Us Sick (IWA Secretariat, 2020-03-16)    10

– Workers Autonomous Confederation of Bulgaria position in connection with the Global pandemia and introductoin of the emergency state (ARC, Bulgaria, 2020-03-13)    12

– Coronavirus : while politicians chitchat, workers are suffering ! (CNT-AIT, France, 2020-03-08)

In  French : http://cnt-ait.info/2020/05/01/bulletin-ait/

En Español : http://cnt-ait.info/2020/05/08/boletin/

We are against all religions, including Islam.. Interview with « A union of anarchists of Iran and Afghanistan »

(text sent by http://asranarshism.com/ of their interview with Pramen website. French version here)

Your community is called « A union of anarchists of Iran and Afghanistan ». What moved you to unite particulary between these two countries ? Geographical proximity ? Absence of language barrier ? Transparent border between countries ? Common history ?

“1. Since anarchism is a politics against borders and states, when it comes to Iran and Afghanistan, they are names given to the two regions, not to justify the existence of these borders or states, but because our struggles and revolutionary demands are universal and not specific to particular areas. The reason for the union of anarchists in Iran and Afghanistan is sharing a common language among comrades, and associations between anarchists in the two regions.”

(text  sent by http://asranarshism.com/ of their interview with Pramen website. French version here)

Your community is called « A union of anarchists of Iran and Afghanistan ». What moved you to unite particulary between these two countries ?  Geographical proximity ?  Absence of language barrier ?  Transparent border between countries ?  Common history ? 

“1. Since anarchism is a politics against borders and states, when it comes to Iran and Afghanistan, they are names given to the two regions, not to justify the existence of these borders or states, but because our struggles and revolutionary demands are universal and not specific to particular areas. The reason for the union of anarchists in Iran and Afghanistan is sharing a common language among comrades, and associations between anarchists in the two regions.”

2. Generally, here in Eastern Europe we do not know about Iran and Afghanistan a lot. The public opinion is formed by the mainstream media. And for Iran the main narrative is nuclear program, sanctions and periodical riots. For Afghanistan – drug trafficking and war. But we really do not know much about how working people live there. Could you tell as more as you can on these issues: social problems, social movements, nuances of mentality and social-political organization  ?

“2. In Iran and Afghanistan, the anarchist movement is new and is in the process of developing. Over the past few years more and more young people have come to anarchism, and while the feminist, anti-capitalist, labour, student, child rights, refugee rights, environmental, and animal liberation movements have grown significantly in recent years—but the antifascist movements in the two regions are still very weak. In Afghanistan there is no broad anarchist movement, however anarchism is growing there. Religion and patriarchy are still a problem in Afghan society, although these problems also exist in Iran, because the Islamic Republic makes it its mission to spread oppressive structures, but there is a part of society consciously opposing it. The Islamic Republic advocates for a reactionary Islamic tradition, but the people stand against it and oppose government propaganda.”

3. When did the anarchist movements is Iran and Afghanistan emerged ?  Where did it stem from ?

“3. The first anarchist publication in Farsi began 42 years ago in the diaspora. In 1977, two years before the Islamic Republic of Iran, there were several anarchist publications outside of Iran that continued to be disseminated for years; but since they were only published abroad, they did not effect events inside Iran and did not have any influence until the re-emergence of the left in the university by anarchist students in 2007. Nine years ago we started our anarchist organizing as a group overseas by publishing numerous anarchist blogs and activities on Facebook and elsewhere. More than five years ago, we created the site Asr Anarshism and in 2018 three anarchist groups—one in Afghanistan, one in Iran, and Asr Anarshism (Afghan & Iranian comrades in the diaspora)—formed the Anarchist Union of Iran and Afghanistan. Soon after, anarchists joined the Union from two cities in Iran, and recently another anarchist collective that is in Iran and abroad joined.”

 4. Please tell particularly about your group. We are interested in your activities, plans, organizational structure and, of cause, the experience of facing repressions.

“4. One of our campaigns focuses on Soheil Arabi, an anarchist prisoner who was first sentenced to death because of his Facebook posts and has been in jail since 2013 and was tried three times while in prison, sentenced to: death and three years in prison in 2014, then commuted to two years in 2015. Soheil should have been released a year ago, but is still in prison and has been on several hunger strikes, which clearly highlights severe repression. The Anarchist Union of Iran and Afghanistan has also published a 5-part magazine titled « The Torments and Memories of Anarchists in Iran », in which you will find significant lessons. 

In our activity as an anarchist network, we have 44 pages in social media. So far, several of our anarchist comrades in the Union have been taken to jail and severely tortured for their activities and struggles. Naturally, our activities in Iran and Afghanistan are not public, and because of widespread repression in Iran and dangers that anarchist activists face in Iran and Afghanistan, we cannot specifically mention our activities, but anarchist comrades are active in all the Iranian liberatory movements—and anytime there were demonstrations our comrades participated and were suppressed, imprisoned and tortured. In most cases, the regime did not know they are anarchists.”

5. What is your relationships with the other political parties and organizations ?

“5. From an anarchist perspective, no political party is legitimate, and any hierarchical organization and strives for power is an enemy. Since the Islamic Republic currently holds power and political organizing is a crime, we have a common enemy in the Islamic Republic and therefore we do not fight the other opposition forces and parties.”

6. Did you ever hear about Belarus and political regime here ?  What are your associations regarding it ?  And what are, you your opinion, is general notion about Belarus for the common citizen of Iran\Afghanistan ?

“6. About one-fifth of Belarusian land is still affected by the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant explosion. Belarus has an agreement with Ukraine that most of this area is in an Exclusion Zone. The strategic position of Belarus to the North of Ukraine and the West of Russia can be very important. Since independence from the Soviet Union, Belarus has faced a dictatorial regime for about twenty five years; however, due to censorship of the media, little information is disseminated from Belarus, but with a careful analysis of the situation we are aware that Belarus has many political prisoners, even some who have been jailed or imprisoned for photography. Belarussian dictatorial regime will be condemned to annihilation, although the regime is fully supported by Russia. Solidarity with comrades struggling in Belarus.”

7. Your region is presented by the media as an area of constant ethnic and religious conflicts. What is your position regarding Islam, Christianity ?  Do you have comrades who are believers ?  What is your political perspective and possible tools for fightning ethnic and sectarian tensions ?

 “7. The Middle East is not the only region in the world that suffers from ethnic, economic and religious tensions, but the abundance of oil in this region has led to governments disrupting it by fomenting these disputes. We are against all religions, including Islam. At the moment, the most important tool to deal with such tensions are the efforts to raise awareness and self-organize our communities, which we are working intensively to do. One of the most important issues in Iran and Afghanistan is dehydration, and over the course of 40 years, the Islamic Republic’s rule has destroyed Iran ecologically and many of its lakes and rivers have dried up. Only 1.8% of Iran is in its natural state and does not face an environmental crisis.”   

8. Maybe you want to add something ?  You are welcome to say anything on other issues. 

“8. In the end, we would like to thank you for this interview and if there are any other topics that interest you, please ask us more questions. We will also send questions to you after the publication of this interview to learn more information about the lives of people and anarchists in Belarus and your region. Finally, that the Anarchist Union is present in nine other countries outside of Afghanistan and Iran, and one Morocan anarchist comrade also works with the Asr Anarshism site and publishes Arabic content and besides Arabic and Persian, we publish all languages on Asr Anarshism. We hope that this interview will be the beginning of joint activities between us.”

Thanks, the Anarchist Union of Iran and Afghanistan

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I am translating your interview right now and inspired by your braveness ! Could you please give us some photos of Soheil Arabi and, maybe, some photos which may represent your group ?  Maybe with covered faces or smth, to be secure for you. Just to illustrate the article while publishing.

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 Hello comrades, we can shear some photos of Soheil Arabi with you but about the photos of our collective, it’s not possible because we are almost in 11 countries and it’s so dangerous for our comrades in Iran to send or have any photos. We hope that you will understand our issue

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 It is OK, we understand everything.  We know Rojava, but what is DFNS ?  Explain the abbreviation please.

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 Hey comrades. 

DFNS is the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, which is the autonomous region, which since September 2018, it has been called « Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria ». It is more inclusive term because there are Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians and Armenians among others. Rojava is the Kurdish word for Western Kurdistan.

AEROSPACE WORKER: TO PRODUCE YES BUT FOR WHOM? AND WHY?

Pandemic continues to ravage the world. All are affected, old, young, cashiers, doctors. Even current deputies or former ministers … The President of the Republic was very clear: we are at war, and to win this war you must stay at home. The State will pay in full those who take shelter.

Yes but here, again, the political word are bullshit. We are told that to govern is to foresee: they have been incapable of planning to stock up on masks, tests, drugs that would have helped to stem the spread of the disease. When Macron had promised that all workers who don’t work would be paid whatever the cost, he hadn’t foreseen the consequences.

Result, now that they have done their calculations, they no longer want to assume the cost of their improvisation, and it is us that they ask to assume the risks of their stupidity by paying with our health and maybe our life, while going back to work.

Employees of the aerospace industry, we therefore received emails from our dear HR managers who beg us to return to work to save the company. Their main argument? Excerpt from the email we received: « Even if the State communicates about paying your earning while you are under Job retention Scheme, it is the company that will have to advances wages and we are not sure that we will be reimbursed by the State ». In other words, because the bosses do not trust the state to fulfill its promises, we are asked to avoid the hole in the business’s assets created by Job retention and we have to take all the risks!

To try to reassure us, the bosses are fawning. They describe to us all the good measures they have put in place for us: disinfectant, hydro alcoholic gel, daily sanitation disinfection tour, working groups in small numbers, protocol for respecting safety distances, wearing a mask if necessary… So many nice concerns to get us back to work. On the other hand, not a word on the installation of hand washers with non-manual control, which alone would prevent transforming the taps into a source of re-contamination of the hands…

To support their request, the bosses join us a letter signed by three ministers, Lemaire [economy], Pénicaud [work] and Véran [Health] who are crying « it is crucial that the production factories can continue to work on French territory ». A letter from ministers of the very State whose boss himself tells us that he is not sure that it will keep their promises…

#STATE_MURDERER  # UNIONS_TRAITORS

As the HR managers are not completely stupid and know that we only have moderate confidence in the word of the State and its representatives, to finish reassuring us they join us a letter signed by the Unions (CFE-CGC, CFDT and FO metals) and confirm that an “extraordinary Joint Consultative Committee (CSE) has given a favorable opinion on the back-to-work under the conditions that we have defined together”. In other words, the Unions have agreed with the bosses on how we are going to be exploited. When we tell you that Unions are there to discuss the length of our chains or the thickness of the mask, this is confirmed once again!

Let us be clear: it is not that we are against creating or producing goods, nor that the risk scares us. But even if it means endangering our health and that of our families, we want it to be USEFUL, for everyone. In the current pandemic and stopped world economy, what is the meaning and the usefulness of working « as usual »? We agree to go back to work despite the risk, but to produce medical equipment, respirators, hospital beds, masks, and disinfectant, in short, things that are really necessary and socially useful. Will AIRBUS and its subcontractors continue to manufacture and mount military equipment?

It is we, the workers, who produce all the wealth. It is we who collectively have the power to stop this madness in the first place by refusing to work through withdrawal or a general strike, and then by taking over the production tools and making it work for the collective good.

OUR LIVES ARE WORTH MORE THAN THEIR PROFITS!

CNT-AIT ‘s workers of aerospace industry

contact [at] cntaittoulouse.lautre.net – http://cntaittoulouse.lautre.net
Facebook: @ cnt.ait.toulouse / @ chats.noirs.turbulents

#CORONAVIRUS: WHILE POLITICIANS CHITCHAT, WORKERS ARE SUFFERING!

To date, unlike what happened with H1N1 in 2009, many of us healthcare workers have not received our endowment of FFP2 masks needed to treat patients. While the state had two months to build up reserves of these much-needed protections, it seems it has done nothing.

A practitioner explains: « Not shaking hands with our patients is insufficient, will not protect us from contamination by air, it should be understood that the shortage of FFP2 masks can quickly lead to the shortage of caregivers, by their quarantine, with the consequences that this implies. « .

Obviously, the budgetary choices have been made, on the one hand, the State have enough budget for organizing summits, meetings and even a State National Security Council, intended to divert and deceive the people, on the other, the State leaves health workers unprotected.

SHORTAGE OF FFP2 MASKS and PHASE 3 OF THE #CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC

As we indicated last Saturday, the stocks essential for the protection of workers do not exist, Health Ministers Buzyn and Veran lied to us and are still lying to us. The few million masks that will be distributed are surgical masks that do not protect against contamination.

The transition to Phase 3 is the referral of coronavirus patients out of the hospital that will be overwhelmed towards the city. Doctors and nurses will have to work unprotected with hypercontagious patients, the right to opt-out is ethically impossible for them.

To the politicians who run the administrations, who lay down standards that are as absurd as they are useless, we have only one word to say: Bastards ! On the other hand, the stocks of rubber bullets and grenades, that have been used by thousands against the Yellow vests, are full …. On June 16, 2019, the French government was able to anticipate with sufficient time to order 25 million assault rifle cartridges and 40,000 anti-riots grenades, to be delivered for early 2020. Obviously, the State does not have the same priorities as the population

Other workers in public transport, hypermarkets, etc. must ask their employers for fully-paid hourly breaks to wash their hands, hydroalcoholic gel if necessary, and adequate masks or otherwise exercise their right to opt-out.

RIGHT TO OPT-OUT

The absence of collective or individual protective equipment legitimizes the recourse to the right of employees to opt-out : Article L4131-1 of the French labor code stipulates that

« The worker immediately alerts the employer to any work situation which he has reasonable grounds to believe presents a serious and imminent danger to his life or health and to any defect which he finds in the protection systems. He can withdraw from such a situation.

The employer may not ask the worker, who has made use of his right of withdrawal, to resume his activity in a work situation where a serious and imminent danger persists, resulting in particular from a defective protection system. « 

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TRADITIONS OPPRESS WOMEN

A society based on human exploitation needs a rigorous sexual order. The status of women in a society is a fundamental element of the analysis of the political context; and women’s status is inseparable from the weight which is given in the community to traditions and religions. This obviousness is often « forgotten » today. Indeed, even in circles that think themselves to be progressive, even in the libertarian milieu, which nonetheless pretends to be feminist and anti-patriarchal, the heaviest conservatisms have corrupted discourses and thoughts (1).Certainly, reactionnaries did it skillfully. They no longer express themselves according to the old rhetoric, « Work, family, homeland ». They camouflage themselves behind new clothes and take the disguises of « regionalism », of the defense « of the native peoples », of that of the concept of « customs » when it is not « respect » for « certain religious traditions » or even “decolonialization”… A detour through history will help us understand the issues. That of the Russian Revolution is particularly enlightening from this point of view. In his book « The Unknown Revolution « , a work of the greatest interest, russian anarchist Voline shows us how, during the Russian Revolution of 1917, more than three centuries of oppression have been suddenly swept away by the total break with the ideology of power and by the deconsecration of the tsar (the Russian emperor).

The ideological starting point of the tsarist regime can be found during the reign of Ivan the Forth “the Terrible” (1547-1584). It was he who introduced the crucial notion for tsarism regime, that which founds absolutism, the notion « of divine right ». To this purpose, Ivan the Forth was supported by the Orthodox religion and its clergymen. From this period, the Tsar, the emperor of all the Russias took on a sacred character and became the depositary of the divine word … So nobody could contest him, as it would had been contesting God himself … It would exposed you to death with no appeal.

The revolution of February 1917 will mark in a grandiose manner the end point of this belief. Between the two extreme dates (1547 / 1917), mentalitie are under the domination of the dogmas of the Orthodox church – pillar of autocratic power – and evolve slowly. Then, from 1825 everything accelerates. A marker of this historic development is the status of women in the Russian society. At the end of the 16th century, whether in the highest spheres of society or among the poor and also the Cossacks, women were subjected to unlimited domination. Religion, which is the pillar of the regime, makes women something like a demon; or to put it simply, an “filthy creature”. This anti-feminine delirium is such that masses of men voluntarily castrate themselves in order to protect themselves from any sexual temptation and live in communities made up entirely of eunuchs.

The consequence of this ideology is that the only alternative for woman is to be locked up or enslaved. In the Russian aristocracy, she lived as a recluse in rooms provided for this purpose. Everywhere else, she is exploited like an animal. The prejudices of the dominant ideology imply that women do not have human status. It should be noted that we find – including in the peasant and Cossack revolts – this lack of recognition which is correlated with the rooting of the legend of the divine origin of the tsar.

When they revolt, the masses are by no means revolutionary: there is basically no break with tradition. This paradox is very notable among the Cossacks. Cossacks define themselves as « free men »; they are at the forefront of many rebellions; they are organized in a kind of « general assembly meetings ». But these Cossack assemblies are made up entirely of men, and the decisions made about women are simply heinous. Such a woman suspected of adultery is dragged by the hair to the center of the assembly by the husband who feels ridiculed, and if no man wants her and defends her, she is sewn alive in a bag and thrown away in the Volga river. It is also in the Volga that Stenka Razine, another leader of the rebels, will get rid of his concubine in order to maintain the respect of the troops and to remain their Ataman, their leader.

The first notable creaks in this ideological construction occur at the top of the Power structure, in particular during the struggle of Princess Sophie for the conquest of the throne against her brother, the future Peter the Great. Sophie will end her life in a convent but this fight will have opened the way to a series of tsarines (women russian emperors), of which the most famous, Catherine, will be in the 18th century at the origin of the creation of the Smolny institute for the education of noble young girls.

But everything will accelerate in the middle of the 19th century, parallel to the penetration of revolutionary ideas in the country. We owe to the nihilist movement the appearance of a position of global ideological rupture which will consist in a total rejection of ancestral culture. This movement, which started out as purely intellectual, admitted absolutely nothing of the heritage of the past (« nihil » = nothing). It will be the origin of something radically new : individuals of both sexes will lead the fight for emancipation on an equal footing.

Consequently in the revolutionary groups which will take action against the regime – the populists first, then the socialists and anarchists – women will take their part in the terrible fight which will be waged against despotism. One of them, Sofia Perovskaïa, will take part in the attack of 1881 which will put an end to the life of the tsar Alexander the Second. She will be executed with four of her comrades. This political equality between men and women, which is concretely achieved thanks to this negation of traditions, is a crucial fact. It contains within itself the destruction of the old tsarist world which from that moment is doomed and will not take forty years to crumble.

Gender equality, resulting from an ideological breakthrough work, is an element which measures the penetration of revolutionary culture in a society. This culture has crossed the whole ethnic mosaic of populations who inhabit the vast Russian territory and in revolutionary groups, men and women but also believers and atheists, have have rejected their cultural differences, have rejected the division imposed by the Power: these facts foreshadowed the real unity of the working-class and peasant population, which would be a condition for its passage to direct and massive action from 1905 until the fall of the tsarist tyranny in February 1917.

In the historic moments of struggle against domination, as in Russia from 1880, figures of anonymous or famous women stand out, such as Maria Spiridonova, leader of the Russian revolutionary socialist party, who are only the visible face of a deep awareness. Conversely, the lack of involvement of women in the revolutionary movement, or their marginalization from the social struggle, is an indicator of the prevailing conservatism or of the progress of the reaction.

We find exactly the same symptoms in revolutionary Spain in 1936, with the appearance in the fighting of free and armed working-class women. It is no coincidence that the reactionary campaign for the militarization of the anarchist and revolutionary Militia Columns began with a formal attack on the militia women who fought there. This propaganda touched on a sensitive point of « Native Spanish culture », a point which had not yet been sufficiently annihilated, which is the place of women in society. “Native Spanish culture” is related to machism (which derives from the Spanish word, macho). Thus, in the various medias of the bourgeois, of the communists or of the socialist, one began to treat these militia women of being prostitutes and syphilitics. Then after that « Solidaridad obrera » – the Catalan CNT press organ – had been “recentered”, it could be read in this newspaper identical innuendos in favor of the return to traditional sexual order. And when, in  » Mujeres Libres » (Free Women), the anarchosyndicalist women group, sprang the explicit slogan « Los hombre al frente, las mujeres al trabajo » (“Men at the front, women at work” ) and after which the last militia woman laid down her gun to go home, it can be said that the Spanish Revolution was also over.

The conclusion is simple: no freedom for women without rejection of oppressive traditions!

Nanard

(1) These « ideas » – known as “post-modernism” did not come by themselves but were produced knowingly by US think-tanks to penetrate and destroy ideological adversaries such as anarchists (see the texts from Jordi Vidal for instance).

METHODS OF STRUGGLE – ANARCHOSYNDICALIST TACTICS

A text from the French CNT-AIT written in March 2006, covering anarcho-syndicalist tactics and strategy.

METHODS OF STRUGGLE
Thursday 29th July 2010

The following text was written to help people discover, remind themselves or popularize the various syndicalist methods of struggle because in any battle, one must start from a few key ideas:

Hitting the enemy harder than they can hit you, or better – hitting them so they can’t hit back.

Analysing the power balance:
-How great are our numbers
-How much other workers and the general population will sympathise with or reject our struggle
-What are our financial constraints, ie. financial and material resources available to continue the fight

Avoiding exhaustion: fighting too arduously from the start can be a weakness: the employers are prepared to overcome short term difficulties by transferring production, resuming production in other places, maintaining stocks, using scabs, financial reserves, etc.

Knowing how to stop a fight, avoiding fighting to the end when the situation is unfavourable. A continued minority occupation of a business ends up offering the boss discontented people who can he can turn against the strikers. Wages lost become so great that resuming a struggle becomes difficult. Disillusionment makes mobilisation harder.

Allowing for a return to the struggles or demands.

Analysing the history, strategy, and objectives of the forces in play: Bosses/workers: (moderate or hardline employers, combative or passive employees) Organisation/struggles (whether the unions are weak or radical, if the fights benefit from autonomous experience etc..)

—The fights are defined by the employment category, territorial extent or by their content.—

Employment category: struggles of unskilled workers, skilled workers, postal workers or nurses, white collar workers, teachers, technicians etc … called sectional struggles. If the struggle involves the entire company or institution and deals with claims for all staff, the struggle is industrial.

Territoriality: if the struggle takes place in one particular location of a business, it is a local fight. Example: Visteon.

A fight at the group level is located in several places but within the same company: Example: the postal strikes.

The struggle may be in a sector or industry: examples: the health sector or education sector. The struggle can take place in all business lines and sites.

Content: content of the struggle can be material (wages, pensions, working conditions hours, health and safety), political (changing a law, a critique of anti social policy, gaining new union rights, the formation of worker counter-power within a company…) It can also of course combine the two aspects: for example the simplification and standardisation over grades and qualifications in a given industry. This material claim allows the unification of workers in the same industry and thus open the prospect of larger struggles.

The fight may also simply be held in solidarity with other struggles.

A text from the French CNT-AIT written in March 2006, covering anarcho-syndicalist tactics and strategy.

METHODS OF STRUGGLE
Thursday 29th July 2010

The following text was written to help people discover, remind themselves or popularize the various syndicalist methods of struggle because in any battle, one must start from a few key ideas:

Hitting the enemy harder than they can hit you, or better – hitting them so they can’t hit back.

Analysing the power balance:
-How great are our numbers
-How much other workers and the general population will sympathise with or reject our struggle
-What are our financial constraints, ie. financial and material resources available to continue the fight

Avoiding exhaustion: fighting too arduously from the start can be a weakness: the employers are prepared to overcome short term difficulties by transferring production, resuming production in other places, maintaining stocks, using scabs, financial reserves, etc.

Knowing how to stop a fight, avoiding fighting to the end when the situation is unfavourable. A continued minority occupation of a business ends up offering the boss discontented people who can he can turn against the strikers. Wages lost become so great that resuming a struggle becomes difficult. Disillusionment makes mobilisation harder.

Allowing for a return to the struggles or demands.

Analysing the history, strategy, and objectives of the forces in play: Bosses/workers: (moderate or hardline employers, combative or passive employees) Organisation/struggles (whether the unions are weak or radical, if the fights benefit from autonomous experience etc..)

—The fights are defined by the employment category, territorial extent or by their content.—

Employment category: struggles of unskilled workers, skilled workers, postal workers or nurses, white collar workers, teachers, technicians etc … called sectional struggles. If the struggle involves the entire company or institution and deals with claims for all staff, the struggle is industrial.

Territoriality: if the struggle takes place in one particular location of a business, it is a local fight. Example: Visteon.

A fight at the group level is located in several places but within the same company: Example: the postal strikes.

The struggle may be in a sector or industry: examples: the health sector or education sector. The struggle can take place in all business lines and sites.

Content: content of the struggle can be material (wages, pensions, working conditions hours, health and safety), political (changing a law, a critique of anti social policy, gaining new union rights, the formation of worker counter-power within a company…) It can also of course combine the two aspects: for example the simplification and standardisation over grades and qualifications in a given industry. This material claim allows the unification of workers in the same industry and thus open the prospect of larger struggles.

The fight may also simply be held in solidarity with other struggles.

—The different types of struggle—

Verbal protest : this type of struggle is the most simple.

Petition: a written denunciation, a complaint, expressing a desire, a disapproval. The petition can, sometimes, exert influence to obtain a list of benefits, often illusory, insubstantial or demagogic (designed for political power by appealing to rhetoric). Some unions which do or wish to do little or nothing engage in petitions for an election or to keep their conscience clean.

Walkout: the cessation of activity for a few hours at most. The stoppage expresses a greater dissatisfaction, the birth of a certain radicalisation. The stoppage is used as pressure for negotiations on short term or minor claims. Example: the lack of ventilation or heating, breaks, bonus issues, problems with safety equipment etc.

Partial strike: Workers stopping in rotation. Advantage: minimum loss of wage to individuals whilst the company is practically paralysed and the company still pays its employees who are now less productive or indeed idle. Employers try to put to work non striking employees, supervisors, agency staff or contractors. If this proves insufficient it may close the company for a while, locking workers out rather than paying people to be idle.

Go slow: a reduction in the rate or work to become as unproductive as possible.

Work to rule: excessively strict observance of instructions and regulations which hinders the proper functioning of the work.

Limited strike: workers stop working for a specific amount of time.

Indefinite strike: cessation of work by employees until they have resolved the issues in the conflict (or otherwise decide to return) Advantage: expresses a degree of radicalisation, involvement in struggle, blocks all or part of production. Disadvantage: substantial loss of wages for the striking workers. The company may continue production with non striking workers, contracted staff or they may move production to another site.

Picket line: The creation of barriers to prevent non striking workers entering the workplace. The material conditions of pickets are often deplorable: no shelter, being subject to the weather. Some non striking workers sometimes manage to enter the premises or remain inside to ensure continued production.

Occupation: The striking workers occupy the workplace and evacuate all non striking workers. They take control of meeting rooms, canteens, dormitories, copiers, telephones and vehicles.

The internal action: limited to within the company, confined within the institution.

The exterior action: the invasion and occupation of institutions, establishments, administrations or government departments favourable to the employer: the Department for Work and Pensions, courts, city halls, local political offices, newspaper headquarters, the Chamber of Commerce, management’s living quarters, or a company to which production has been moved or which is linked to the conflict.

The fight should seek to obtain the support and collusion of the general public, explain the demands and avoid disturbing other workers and the public where possible.

Local demonstration: It publicises the conflict, popularizes the fight, maintains pressure, helps to assess the balance of power.

National or international demonstration: follows the same rules as local but on a large scale.

Rumours: spread rumours, information of all types to weaken the enemy.

Discredit: make public criticisms of the quality of the products or facilities of the business.

Sabotage: (See “Sabotage” by Emile Pouget) This ancient method of fighting is quick and direct. It is still practised but not publicised. It should be handled by people aware of the risks. Catastrophic destruction can even result in the closure of the company. Perhaps a scale of actions may be made to avoid major problems. Sabotage is very effective, low cost for the strikers whilst very damaging to the employer. Always remember that the action must be harmful to the employers but not to users themselves, eg. utilities, transport, electricity, healthcare, food etc…

Re-appropriation: Recovery and control by workers of goods produced by the company – that is to say produced by the workers themselves.

(Unauthorised) Sale of stock: Selling the company’s stock to build a war chest and compensate workers.

Autonomous production: The strikers use the company’s machines to produce good which can be sold directly to the people at lower cost. This will satisfy everyone and bring funds to the strikers.

Unauthorised work: using their own tools strikers repair, manufacture or provide services to individuals for a fee. The proceeds are put into the strike fund. (Example: hairdressers in Rennes, cut people’s hair in a public square. In Australia the tram drivers ran the trams freely for the population.)

Boycott: On the request of workers struggling in a company people do not buy the products or services provided by that company.

Civil disobedience: refusal to comply with the laws of the state. Eg. To support and assist repressed people. Refusal to pay taxes, refusing to show identification etc.

Generalised strike: A strike situation which affects one or several sectors of production (or commerce) in a region, country or several countries.

General strike: A strike which crosses sectors in a region, country or internationally. It is a conscious and concerted action, which differentiates it from the generalised strike. It is the weapon desired by and defended by anarcho-syndicalists. It is an act by the masses, the population, which is anarcho-syndicalist whether they understand it or not. Indeed, at this stage, people want and intend to fight and challenge their adversaries. They do not rely upon governmental elections, or promises for the future, to effect reform. The people struggle, here and now, relying on direct action, intend to resolve their demands. The general strike expresses the conflict of opposed classes clearly. If it is large, the balance of power is favourable and new choices may appear.

The insurrectionary general strike: for various reasons the strikers form barricades, create disorder and riots. Everywhere the people rise up in arms, opening the prospect of the expropriation of the capitalists.

The expropriatory general strike: the strikers, masters of the street, seize the means of production, exchange and communication. Businesses, commerce, governments are under the control of the committees of struggle. This is the prelude to a profound social change which, in our opinion, will lead to libertarian communism.

—Some Advice—

A number of techniques of struggle from syndicalist history and practise have been presented. It is necessary for everyone to judge their usefulness. Each technique must match the stake. It is not necessary to deploy heavy means for a small gain. Example: for a small struggle, walkouts, partial strikes, go-slows and work to rule are sufficient.

After applying a technique, evaluate it. If it proves to be insufficient, graduate to a more radical method. Always keep the pressure applied. Starting at too high a level and stepping back may expose, or be considered to be, weakness which the enemy can take advantage of.

Beware of false radicals: consider whether those who spread radicalism are sincere or not (even if they are right at that moment in what they say). There are those who come forward and push for unsuitable conflict, they try to play hard in order to stick with and gain the trust of the strikers, eventually to do away with the movement or kill the fight, or knowing that defeat is assured, they wish to capitalise on the trust they have gained in an election. If they are in collusion with the enemy, they will start a tough and ultimately doomed struggle which will weigh heavily when the boss attacks later (with restructuralisation, redundancies, etc.), because the previous defeat will make it hard for the workers to fight back.

Analyse the relationships of power: for example, upcoming union or political elections which will pressure the powers that be to avoid conflict.

Analyse the level of public discontent, and the financial and economic situation at the company where the strike action is to occur.

Analyse the status of stock held by the company, if they have large amounts the employers will continue to sell their products whilst simultaneously reducing their payroll due to the strike. In contrast, low levels of stocks, or perishable stocks will disadvantage the employers a great deal. Note that after the strike the employer may attempt to force increased overtime work in order to make up for losses suffered during the strike and catch up on delayed orders.

Review the status of upcoming orders, the extent of financial reserves, possibilities for transferring production to other locations. We can prepare the ground for a fight by using a combination of techniques such as a go slow, limited strikes, sabotage, work to rule, or absenteeism to reduce production.

Avoid retaliation by ensuring that the identities of those taking action remain unknown. Make sure the employer knows as little as possible about who is who and who does what. Obscure the number of people involved in the conflict, as well as dates and locations of meetings. Agree to actions at the last minute to avoid disclosure.

Opt for a strike committee which is wider than the union branches. The strike committee must emanate from and be directed by the general assembly of the strikers.

Multiply the base of your actions: media, propaganda, finance, independent production and unauthorised work in support. This forces the enemy to draw upon more of their resources to fight the strike.

Apply direct democracy in the general meetings to avoid having a small group seizing control for purposes other than those decided upon by the general assembly. Close attention is required when people advocate a vanguard party or trade union: even if legal it cannot serve the interests of the people. If conspiracies are suspected, or closed meetings, document and report them.

It is useless to send people to negotiate with the boss, the director or the board of directors. Nor is it useful to send staff representatives or ‘experts’ in negotiation. They serve no purpose except make you believe in them, and impose a delegation of responsibility, persuading people of the necessity of reformist unions. The bourgeoisie knows how to use tools to analyse unrest. For example, production slows or quality falls, absenteeism and sabotage increase. The employers will quickly understand that the workers are unhappy, even if they try to deny or hide this. The management knows the grievance and what it will propose to the workers: representatives are useless.

Send to the press, the population and the employer a list of demands signed by the strike committee.

If the employer wants to negotiate or offer to meet some demands, they can make their proposals known through the media, publishing them in the press, by posting a notice or by speaking to the workers at an assembly. The committee will respond in writing. There is no need to send delegates to a negotiation who risk being satisfied with crumbs, or will defend their own ideas instead of remaining with the agenda of demands, especially if they are representatives of a reformist trade union.

Force the opponent to sign an agreement not to engage in repression after the conflict. Require pay for strike days. Try to minimise the financial impact of the conflict for employees, so if the management decided to counter attack, the employees are not weakened and can bring about a new conflict.

With the same thing in mind, raise funds, hold concerts and festivals to gain financial support for the fight. Take action to seek material support for the fight.

—Legalism – Illegalism—

You should stay within the law as far as possible in order to avoid repression. But we should note that the law does not support our interests. Very quickly, workers have to act illegally in order to meet their goals: picketing, occupations, independent production. But we need to analyse calmly the advantages and implications. You’ll quickly discover that the law, legitimised by the state, is not neutral and serves the interests of the bourgeoisie above all.

Based on Bakunin’s idea “Law merely reflects the existing state of affairs backed by force” what we impose will become legal.

—Violence – Non Violence—

The situation doesn’t necessarily have to be one or the other, it could be a largely non-violent struggle with occasional violent incidents, or vice versa.

Sometimes a non violent and determined conflict can be effective, sometimes not. A large well behaved protest can be effective, but a rowdy one can be even more so. It’s a question of context and the choice of the people engaged in the struggle.

However, be cautious about violence and who is provoking it (whether it is the strikers or their opponents).

Anarcho syndicalists are supporters of a world without violence, without weapons: this is our goal. But we also see that aggressive resistance of employees can be legitimate violence against the violence of the bourgeoisie: repression, prisons, exploitation, lay-offs, wars, pollution etc…

—Organising Ourselves—

We must now consider the type of organisation appropriate to the fight. Does the unionist left defend the interests of the workers, or other interests? Does it prepare for the fight, defend it, without introducing models of conciliation and mediation favourable to the bourgeoisie? Does it pacify struggle? Can it be radicalised? Is the legal protection of trade union representatives [élus] effective? Do recognised unions guarantee the protection of union members?

Apparently, given the thousands of union members who have been laid off: no. In any case, recognised or not, protected or not, participating in illegal actions will expose you to lay-offs. So the protection is in this case useless.

Worse, trying to protect themselves through legal means leads the supporters of these methods to comply with laws which are favourable to the employers, to not engage in fights outside the legal framework and therefore to defend the bourgeois legality become counter revolutionary.

Engaging in double talk: having the façade of legality whilst acting illegally, is unsustainable because union officials will be obliged, consciously or unconsciously, to defend the legal framework, strengthening themselves whilst weakening their critics in order to maintain the legal protections they enjoy. Furthermore, when the legal framework protects some individuals it becomes difficult to reject it.

And don’t doubt: if the struggle threatens the bourgeoisie’s position they will ignore the law, and union officials will be left to reflect upon their supposed rights under the law.

An anarcho-syndicalist militant.

Translated for libcom by 888 and cobbler July 2010.

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