De l’autre côté de l’océan, chaque
nouveau jour de grève place la barre un peu plus haute et se rapproche des
records établis en Mai 68.
Entrant déjà dans sa cinquième semaine d’activité, le mouvement de contestation contre la réforme des régimes de retraite ayant actuellement lieu en France se place déjà comme l’un des plus grands mouvements de grève que le pays ait connus depuis longtemps. Le 2 janvier, les cheminots de la Société nationale des chemins de fer français (SNCF), surclassaient les grèves de 1995 et 2010 et fracassaient leur précédent record de 28 jours consécutifs, établi en 1986.
Alors que rien ne laisse présager une sortie rapide, de nombreux médias, tels le Nouvel Observateur (l’Obs) et The Independant, ont annoncé que le mouvement de grève actuel pourrait apparaitre comme le troisième plus long de l’histoire de la France, tout juste derrière les évènements de Mai 1968 et du Front Commun de 1936. Il faut dire que le débrayage avait commencé en grande pompe, lorsque le 8 décembre :
Plus d’un million de travailleuses et travailleurs avait manifesté dans les rues de plus de 300 villes, les transports publics étaient à l’arrêt en région parisienne et dans de nombreuses villes beaucoup d’avions sont restés cloués au sol, plus de 70 % des enseignant·e·s étaient en grève avec de nombreuses écoles fermées, le personnel des hôpitaux publics et privés a aussi été au cœur de la bataille. Il en va de même dans les entreprises du privés, où les salairé.es se sont largement mobilisé.es. (CNT-F)
Si certains observateurs notent un certain ralentissement des actions qui placent côtes à côtes les employé.es du transport ferroviaire et aérien, de la santé, de l’éducation, de la production pétrolière et de certains secteurs de la justice, la reprise des négociations, le 7 janvier, pourrait très bien remettre de l’huile sur le feu.
A phantom haunts the province of Quebec. It is the phantom of the General Strike. Since 2012, our elites have known that the working class, the students, and all those who continue to decry injustice and repression have the power to take to the streets and impose their legitimacy in the face of the State. Despite this dread, the high-priests of capitalism, and especially those preaching its liberal vision, can not hold back from waging an open war against everything that isn’t merchandise, against everything that isn’t financially valuable. From budget cuts to over-arming police forces, and from underpaid jobs to public insults against the poor and the exploited, everything leads one to believe that Quebec is now the foreground of unbridled capitalism. This neo-liberal paradise, protected by the State and its minions, ruins our lives and those of our families and friends, quashes what little is left of our liberty, spits in the faces of those most hard on their luck and on the misery of its own creation.
We have long ceased to believe in the regulatory capacity of this system. By destroying itself, it will destroy us too. Each new day we are reminded of this programmed failure: environmental disasters, increased inequality, the deterioration of working conditions, institutional racism, systemic corruption of our political system, and harassment of women in their workplaces or at school. Generally speaking, it is all forms of domination that are dangerously increasing, pushing the most exploited and dominated to the breaking point, all in order to install our elites on a too-comfortable pedestal.
This is why we call the rebellious among us to insurrection. We hope that the spring will bring out the most angry, those who are disgusted at the system, in the streets and in actions. Because apathy just isn’t enough, we firmly believe in our common capacity to create a better world. More than a simple timely struggle against austerity, we see on the horizon the premises of a social war, of which the 2012 strike was only a beginning. Each government, left or right, has tried time and again to impose their rotten economic and societal concepts upon us. A single day of strikes is not enough to push back a government which dearly protects the financial assets of the most dominant in society. We believe that a global revolt of all society must emerge during the spring. This revolt must be planned on the long term: in Quebec as in Europe, there are too many recent examples that demonstrate the futility of punctual and singular actions against governments that are now used to and prepared for social discontent.
Against capitalism and liberalism, we reaffirm our right to manage our own lives, whether the people who rule us like it or not. Our daily lives belong to us, our cities too. We firmly believe that capitalism must be erased from Quebec. In this goal, we will always be in solidarity with those who struggle, and always at odds with those who remain resigned and prostrate. We will be alongside workers and students in their struggles, and we will oppose all police brutality with working class solidarity. In the streets, in our workplaces and schools, in our neighborhoods, we are here to struggle and help.
On the morning of April 26th, the Catalonian police arrested the Organization Secretary of the CGT-Barcelona, Laura Gómez, while she was on her way to work. They do not like the fact that every time there are more and more of us protesting against the negotiation of labour reform, against the “social pact” and not in favor of it.
taken from anarkismo.net
CGT statement on the arrest of Barcelona Organization Secretary, Laura Gómez
The repression continues after the general strike. This morning [Wednesday April 26th], while she was on her way to work, the Mossos d’Esquadra [Catalonian police] arrested the Organization Secretary of the CGT-Barcelona, Laura Gómez and took her to the police station in Les Corts. The charge by the police is arson and fire damage to the Barcelona Stock Exchange. This and other charges against her have no foundation and are an attempt to create an image of a violent person. Laura does not have a criminal record, and all that the police can cite are peaceful actions during the struggle for labour rights in Barcelona.
The truth – without exaggerating – is that already after the general strike we said, literally, “it is true that members of the CGT burned a couple of papers in a box in front of the Barcelona Stock Exchange, and threw a few eggs, actions that were fully symbolic and carried out openly. That is what the plainclothes police in the crowd must have thought too, given that they did not bother to identify anyone. It is by no means true that it was the first fire, in Mercabarna, in the Zona Franca, etc., there were several fires throughout the night, most of which were started by other unions’ pickets”.
What a coincidence that this arrest occurs on the same day that the famous site for posting photos of “violent” protestors was presented. What a coincidence that the various state establishments, both the Generalitat and the Barcelona Municipality have not stopped pointing at the CGT and have not stopped exaggerating with regard to the CGT. We know that we are not to your liking, nor do we want to be, but we will not apologize for our continued growth. We know you want to make an example of individuals and organizations that refuse to humour the system, but to go from that to persecuting and harassing our members is a big step. The abuse of power that those in authority often fall into against those who think differently is something that we are used to, though great care is taken to hide it.
The CGT believes that there is an attempt to hide the growing number of people attending events by organizations that are not to your liking. They do not like the fact that every time there are more and more of us, protesting against the negotiation of labour reform and against the “social pact”, not for it. The decline in work and social conditions, the increase in injustice, the enormous differences between the rich and poor, all this has without doubt led to greater conflict and now the politicians are looking for excuses to toughen crime laws. It is sickening to see how public money is given to banks, how de facto “tax amnesties” are announced to the benefit of major tax evaders, how permissive the system is in order to allow tax evasion by means of sly practices and economic bureaucracy, how SICAVs  which pay nothing are encouraged, while all the while they are seeking to criminalize anyone who disagrees. Press Office CGT Barcelona