A leaflet of a rank-and-file initative in Paris during the Autumn 2010 Pension movement, we have participated to
"ADDRESS TO ALL WORKERS
On the initiative of rail workers at the "Gare de l’est" station and the teachers of the 18th Paris’ district, a hundred workers (rail, education, post, food, information, retired, unemployed, students, workers with or without papers, unions or not, came together on September 28 and October 5 to discuss retirement and more generally the attacks we are (...)
This is no time to retreat The current popularity of the movement exceeds strict pension reform: everyone knows that it is one more attack against our lives and, all combined with glaring inequality (the rich, bankers and bosses never so well protected by the State), it is the straw that broke the camel’s back.
The pension problem is a small part of the whole and we must reject the politics of austerity completely because those in power may well drop a few crumbs on pensions but replicate (...)
Information from CNT-AIT France
Here is an update after our previous message.
The situation in France is getting hotter :
on the one hand, the young pupils are now entering into the struggle. The governement is afraid that the situation would evolve toward a "greek scenario". In 2006, a previous struggle of the pupils and students against the "CPE reform" (see here for more infos on this struggle ) succedeeded to remove a law that was already adopted.
The french youth, that is under the (...)
What We are Not being Told about French Pensions
Life expectancy has increased, boosting the percentage of pensioners from 20% in 1960 to 50% in 2050. But the number of people paying into the pension system has grown steadily right up to the year 2010. Median productivity grew by a whooping 500% from 1960 to 2010. If that productivity is harnessed one worker in 2010 can pay the pension of one retiree just as easily as s/he could pay 20% of someone’s pension in 1960. One problem is (...)
The MEDEF [Mouvement des Entreprises de France - French Confederation of Business Enterprises] would like to express its thorough satisfaction with the latest developments.
The withdrawal of the CPE has perfectly played its role as a bone tossed to the labor unions, with the complicity of the mass media. This maneuver has enabled the safeguarding of what was essential for us in the Equal Opportunity law and similar previous measures (CNE, apprenticeship for 14-year-olds, night work (...)
OCCUPATION OF THE SERBIAN CULTURAL CENTER OF PARIS, IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE BELGRADE ANARCHISTS HOSTAGE FOR OVER 40 DAYS
Saturday, October 17, at 14 hours on the dot, a dozen comrades of the CNT-AIT occupied the Serbian Cultural Center of Paris, situated in front of the Beaubourg (Paris Museum of Contemporary art).
This action was to protest against the abduction of 6 young serbian anarchosyndicalists, held hostages in secrecy for more than 40 days, since the last 5th of September.
The six (...)
The dominant ideology, that is of the Power, want us to believe by force that electoral democracy would be the highest expression of popular sovereignty, that elections would give the Power its legitimacy.
However, the Iranians have just made this lie burst. The Iranian elections, such as all the elections, are only a joke. Elections are acceptable for the Power only when they go in its interests. People can give their voice as long as they say what the Power desire them to say. When it (...)
The thousands of protesters that filled the streets in Greece on Friday January 9th, proved that the fire of December wonʼt be put out, not by bullets and acid against activists, nor by the ideological terrorism spread by the media these last few days. Consequently, the Stateʼs only response to the youth and the workers was, once more, raw repression. Encouraged by the mediaʼs demands of zero tolerance, and by the orders of their bosses, the police were free to attack with (...)
A leaflet issued by our Toulouse local union and try to give an anarchist position on the actual war in gaza. Yours in solidarity, For social revolution and anarchy, CNT AIT Paris local union
contact : mail box : CNT AIT 108 rue Damrémont 75018 PARIS (France)
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AGAINST WORLD CIVIL WAR, WE NEED A WORLD SOCIAL REVOLUTION !
Since the last 27th of december in Gaza, all a civilian population suffer a horrific military aggression. This is neither the (...)
Israel’s harshest assault on Gaza since 1967 - codenamed "Operation Cast Lead" - which began on Saturday morning and left over 250 Palestinians dead on its first day alone, was met with widespread condemnation around the world, including dissent within Israel itself.
Protest actions began already the day before Israel’s "Shock and Awe" aerial offensive, when activists demonstrated in the heart of Tel-Aviv, warning against the looming escalation and calling for peace talks with Gaza’s (...)
The Movements for the Generalisation of Revolt talk about the process of radicalisation that has gripped Greece following the killing of 15-year-old Alexis by police earlier this month
On 6 December, at nine in the evening, a man of the special police force stopped, took aim and shot dead a fifteen-year old kid in the neighbourhood of Exarchia, Athens. This murder is not a singular event of police violence. The morning of the same day, immigrants waiting to apply for asylum (...)
We will either determine our history ourselves
or let it be determined without us
We, manual workers, employees, jobless, temporary workers, local or immigrants, are not passive tv-viewers. Since the murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos on Saturday night we participate in the demonstrations, the clashes with the police, the occupations on the centre or the neighborhoods. Time and again we had to leave work and our daily obligations to take the streets with the students, the university (...)
The following excerpts, translated by Paul Sharkey and appearing in English for the first time, are taken from Pierre Besnard’s address to the June 1937 Paris Congress of the anarcho-syndicalist International Workers’ Association (IWA), L’Anarcho-Syndicalisme et l’Anarchisme, Rapport de Pierre Besnard, Secretaire de l’A.I.T. au Congrès Anarchiste International de 1937 (dated 30 May 1937; republished as a supplement to le Monde Libertaire, 1963), for which Alexander Schapiro wrote the (...)
This text is an english translation of a report of the Frog Pub’s strikes. It has been published in a french libertrian review (La Question Sociale, revue libertaire de réflexion et de combat), whith whom CNT-AIT doesn’t have any links. It is a first hand balance of this struggle experience, by one of the actor. Apart from the fact that it may allow to understand what is the Vignoles policy in France and why we don’t share anything with them, it is a good text to start discusssion about (...)
The field-marshall in the title refers to the Maréchal (field marshal) Pétain, that was the Head of the French State, the french governement that collaborated with Nazi during World Wr Two.
Several days ago the State was declaring illegal the Marseille transport strike.
The 8th of november it declares emerrgency state.
Faced with the claims of the employees, faced with the anger of the populations of the suburbs, the State does not worry to satisfy the legitimate aspirations of the workers and young people, it defends capitalism.
When nobody no longer believes in the promises of the politicians and the lies of the media, when the bludgeons and the prisons are insufficient to (...)
Yes, life in the popular suburbs are full of daily violence:
The violence of being refused a job even though you have all of the necessary diplomas, because of what your face looks like;
The violence of having to take one temporary job after another, slave labour paid with crumbs;
The violence of having already failed school before you have even attended your first class;
The violence being crammed into slums because there is a housing shortage;
The violence of living in a society (...)
Often, in order to attain some visibility, a libertarian organization or its members must struggle to be represented accurately when confiding in journalists. Certainly, anarcho-syndicalists are not hiding underground. We are not trying to infiltrate other groups by misrepresenting our ideas, but how do we represent ourselves and get some accurate media visibility? That is what we are going to try to analyze here.
Anarcho-syndicalism and the problem of representing syndicalism
In its (...)
You are decided to fight to improve your conditions of life,
You want to get organized without being allowed get back by politicians,
You stand by those who, as you:
refuse to lower(dim) arms in front of the boss,
refuse to resign themselves in front of a cruel and absurd economic system,
refuse to be allowed deceive by professionals of the politics(policy), syndicates and, associations
You have the hope to build a better world, where the wealth are distributed according to needs, in a (...)
summary of material from the C.I.R.A., Marseille, BULLETIN No. 21/22 (Summer, 1984), which had the theme Anarchists and the Resistance.
Jean Rene Sauliere (alias Andre Arru) was one of the anarchist participants in the French resistance to the Nazis and their Vichy collaborators during World War II. He was born in Bordeaux in 1911 and became an orphan during the First World War. In early adulthood he made his living as a traveling salesman. He belonged to the Bouches-du-Rhone section of the (...)
René RIESEL has been sentenced to seven (7) months of jail because he destroyed Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in a Novartis "on ground" crop and also in the CIRAD (Centre International de recherche Agronomique pour le développement) laboratory, in the south of France, in 1998.
On the contrary of José Bové, René Riesel is a clear anticapitalist militant. He always refused to claim for a presidential pardon at the french president Chirac, and he rejects any kind of "support" from political (...)
On October 22, 26 people in Belgium will have to appear in court because they destroyed a detention centre and prisoner transport vans. You can sign a solidarity declaration at
It was an act of resistance against politics like the suffocation of Semira Adamu during deportation on September 22, 1998, the collective deportation of 74 Roma on October 4, 1999, and the everyday imprisonment and violent deportation of undocumented foreigners. (...)
The CGT-Spain, CNT-Vignoles-France and the SAC-Sweden have met in in a summercamp arranged by the Vignoles student organisation FAU in the town Masseube in France to evaluate the mobilisations from Gothenburg to Genova. The SAC-paper "Arbetaren" has a three page article from Masseube written by Bella Frank in the issue 35/01 (31/8 - 6/9 - 2001). It`s called "Syndicalists about the summers mobilisations". We give you herby some quotes from the article that we suppose will interest you: (...)
¡¡¡¡¡Solidaridad Urgente!!!!!!!¡¡¡¡¡Compañero preso!!!!!!
Miguel Angel Mansilla, 28 years old, is an active militant anarchist of the Unemployed Workers Movement (M.T.D.) of the neighborhood of "The Second of April" on the outskirts of the city of Bariloche in Argentina. He was one of the young men who formed the M.A.L.O. (the Anarchist Movement of Workers Liberation). Since the M.A.L.O. was organized it has not ceased to be a problem for the local government. That government initiated a (...)
The social situation in France is actually a bit special. Since many months, demos and strikes are "popping" eveywhere, mainly in the public sector and especially in education secor.
The CNT-AIT Toulouse Local union is actively involved in the strike movements and the demos that are occuring in the "Rose City" since many months now. In the demonstrations, the united libertarian march - at the initiative of CGA (*) and CNT-AIT - get together usually between 100 and 300 people, shouting for (...)
War in Irak didn’t begin the 19th of march 2003. War in the "middle east" is a juicy bizness since many years. Thanks to the weapons sold by France and western countries, millions of people died during the Iran-Irak war and Kurds of Halabja have been gazed by Saddam Hussein. Then, it was the fisrt Gulf War in 1991 and its 300 000 of dead people, and then the embargo which caused 500 000 more dead children. All of that has been done with the total support of the politician class, form the (...)
WHAT is patriotism?
Is it love of one’s birthplace, the place of childhood’s recollections and hopes, dreams and aspirations? Is it the place where, in childlike naivety, we would watch the fleeting clouds, and wonder why we, too, could not run so swiftly? The place where we would count the milliard glittering stars, terror-stricken lest each one "an eye should be," piercing the very depths of our little souls? Is it the place where we would listen to the music of the birds, and long to (...)
Since the death of the dictator Felix Houphouet-Boigny, the pretenders to the throne of the Ivory Coast are legion and use all the stratagems and dubious ideologies to seize power: republicanism, ivoirity (national preference), or death squads, attacks...
With the attempt at a coup d’etat on the 19 September, 2002, one can think that Gbagbo (the new despot, elected official with difficulty in October 2000) would not be today be in power without the assistance of Chirac. It should be (...)
From 1905 to 1930, anarchists exerted a broad influence on Chinese culture and politics. They were at the center of the emerging social radicalism of that period and their activities left a significant mark on later decade’s revolutionary movements.
Arif Dirlik is among the few historians writing in English to treat the Chinese anarchist movement, which he has chronicled and analyzed in several works, most notably his Anarchism in the Chinese Revolution. He has also written numerous explorations of contemporary problems in radical politics and theory.
I spoke with Dirlik on May 19, 1997. I asked him about Chinese anarchism, his experience as a radical social theorist in the university, and the future of his work.
Anarchism is a political philosophy that is shrouded in misconception. This is largely due to the fact that anarchism is a truly diverse way of thinking, one which cannot be characterized by simple slogans or party lines. In fact, if you ask 10 anarchists for their description of anarchism, you are likely to get 10 different answers. Anarchism is more than just a political philosophy; it is a way of life that encompasses political, pragmatic and personal aspects.
The basic tenet of (...)
The rejection of authority dates back to the Stoics and Cynics, and has been around for millenia. However, the terms anarchist, anarchism, and anarchy, from the Greek "an archos" (without a rule), were used entirely in a negative manner before the nineteenth century.
Proudhon and the Mutualists
In 1840, in his controversial "What Is Property", French political writer and socialist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon became the first person to call himself an (...)
The IWA-Secretariat hereby appeals to the Sections and Friends of the IWA to speed up the work against the capitalist wars in general, and specifically against the coming war against Iraq. Military "experts" expect the main air attacks to start in either December 2002, January 2003 or February 2003.
The first critical period is after December the 8th when Iraq is required to state their weapons program and whether they have weapons of mass destruction. There are strong forces inside the (...)
The bosses of building sites or farms take advantage of the unemployment situation in France : they employ workers illegally, instead of making a work contract. For the bosses this is great. They can pay whatever they want (and even not paying at all!) without paying the social security charges to the community. The bosses show how much they despise workers by not fulfilling their social obligations. Bosses treat workers like slaves. Workers often feel that they are trapped, but they don’t (...)
"Newell Window Fasion inc" is a corporatation specialized in window furnishing. The foundry of Negrepelisse -a small village near Montauban, in the south west of France - products metal objects, for windows, blinds and locksmith activities.
The factory belongs to the american global corporation Newell-Rubbermaid (Rubbermaid, Parker/Eldon pens, Little tikes -Gracco toys, Calphalon Wearever cookware, Levolor/Kirch House hardware).
In January 2000, Rubbermaid bought the Newell plants (4 are (...)
Since winter inhabitants of Argentina are attacking the State, holding its accomplices from left and extreme left to ridicule. They challenge capitalism, create general assemblies to a large scale never seen since 1936 Spain; and all that without any leader coming on the stage. They chose to struggle freely against state and capitalist terrorism. In Buenos Aires the inhabitants are organizing themselves in neighbourhood general assemblies and are trying to control their lives.
While the political and your allied had a good time in your Social democrat Forum World Championship (FWS/FSM) the (RGS)Rio Grande do Sul’s anarchistic federaction, with the pro-reorganization action active support of the Brasilian Worker’s Confederation(FORGS-FOSP/COB-AIT), it accomplished the "PROTEST FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES AGAINST ALL POVERTY: The ELECTORAL FARCE, The UNEMPLOYMENT, The IMF And ALL OF THE GOVERNMENTS".
Porto Alegre’s center, transformed in catwalk for the midiatic (...)
Celletex is the factory in france wherethe workers occupied the plant and threatened to blow it up ...
For two generations French workers have been used to the transfer of economic activities - mainly industrial factories - from the main towns (especially from Paris industrial suburbs) towards the country. For a time it was a very profitable for companies: the mechanisation of agriculture "liberated" quite a lot of farm workers (in 1945 more than 30% of the population was living from (...)
The fellow workers of the CNT AIT (the French anarcosyndicalist organization) are squatting the old "Bourse du Travail" for more than two months. They are facing eviction at any time. They need active support !
The 10th of january, at 6 o’clock the morning. A group of militants retake possession of a neglected building, just at the center of the town of Bordeaux : the old "Bourse du Travail", at 42 street Lalande.
The Syndicalist Struggle (Combat Syndicaliste), the french (...)
At the Mail sorting center in the town of Amiens, the SUD syndicate shows solidarity with the bosses.
For many years, the CNT-AIT syndical section of the mail Sorting center in Amiens has been, for the local post office authorities, "the enemy to beat." It could not be any other way : the CNT-AIT does not participate in collaboration between classes and carries out an activity with which "annoys" to a greet degree the development of flexibility and the spread of precariety.
After a series (...)
This year for the third time , it was the Day of Solidarity with Mac Donald’s Workers. Actions have been held in many french towns. The CNT-AIT unions were at the origine of this campaign.
The multinational Mac Donald is the world best symbol of what capitalism system can do with our conditions of work, and more widely, with our conditions of life.
To fight against the development of precariousness, of work flexibility, and to fight against the propaganda laid by this kind of (...)
International Workers Association I.W.A. Association Internationale des Travailleurs A.I.T Asociacion Internacional de los Trabajadores A.I.T.
1.- Revolutionary unionism, basing itself on the class struggle, aims to unite all workers in combative economic organizations, that fight to free themselves from the double yoke of capital and the State. Its goal is the reorganization of social life on the basis of Libertarian Communism via the revolutionary action of the working class. Since only (...)
(Asociacion Internacional de los Trabajadores)
as adopted at first Congress, Berlin 1922, and amended at the following Congresses: Madrid 1931, Paris 1935, Paris 1938, Toulouse 1951, Puteaux 1953, Marseilles 1956, Toulouse 1958, MAdrid 1996, Granada 2000 (Reaffirmed at the Congresses in Montpellier 1971 and Paris 1976 and 1979)
The age-old battle between the exploiters and the exploited has taken on a forbidding dimension. Omnipotent capital once again raises its monstrous (...)
CASE STUDY - FRANCE
In France, all workplaces with more than 50 employees elect représentatives to Works Councils. Those workplaces with less than 50 workers elect staff représentatives, who meet with management once a month, to undertake the same role as Works Councils.
The French unions are small by northern European standards, with less than 10% of the total workforce organised. They now dominate représentation on Works Councils.
The CNT is a sister organisation of Solidarity Federation - it (...)
The following is a translation and abridgement by Loren Goldner of a much longer article appearing in the Summer 2 issue of the French-language joumal Echanges. We are publishing it as an example of how one group of workers successful refused to accept the fate that capital had decreed for them, but instead took militant action to defend their interests. At the same time, we would hope that it would be possible to puts direct action tactics that pose less danger to ourselves, or fellow (...)
The CNT-AIT section among the municipal workers in Blagnac (France) was formed in March 1998 with a small nucleus of militants and some openly sympathetic municipal employees. Starting from the need for freedom of expression and action the new section soon pinpointed two primary issues among the problems facing the wageworkers in the public service - the problems of discriminatory bonuses and casual labor.
Very quickly, in the space of eight months, the struggle against casual labor kicked (...)
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