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(en) France, CNT-AIT, Anarchosyndicalisme #179: Content + Editorial (ca, de, it, fr, pt, tr)[machine translation]
Fri, 20 Jan 2023 09:59:03 +0200
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Without Homeland or Borders
Editorial - AIT: 100 years of struggle... And we continue!
World of work:
The class struggle is a real fight
Boycott professional elections
No blood in our bread!
Viewpoint on the 1993 split
Harvest at Moët et Chandon
The APAVE is not in the norm!
Letter from readers
Victory of the strikers, the conquest of bread
Cross-strike by delivery men from Ukraine and Russia
AIT against sports madness since 1925
The theocompatible left against the wall
Anarchists in Ukraine resist the war!
Anarchists, commitment and resistance
Interview with Yvan, deserter...
Iran: woman, life, freedom, revolution!
AIT: 100 years of struggles... and we continue!
Exactly 100 years ago, from December 25, 1922 to January 2, 1923, workers'
delegates from all continents met in Berlin to found the International Workers'
Association (AIT). Taking up the torch of the Paris Commune and the
anti-authoritarian First International, relying on their experiences acquired
through their active participation in the Mexican, Russian, Ukrainian, German or
Italian revolutions of the 1920s, pioneers of nascent anti-colonialism, they laid
the groundwork for a new doctrine of revolutionary action, anarchosyndicalism.
Having libertarian communism as their goal, they established their organization
of international revolutionary struggle on the principles of federalism,
autonomy, equality and solidarity, direct action and rejection not only of the
State and of Capitalism, but also of any political organization.
One hundred years later, Capitalism is still there, ravaging the planet and
humans. States are more powerful than ever, always extending their deadly and
warlike capacities. Politicians keep putting us to sleep, bludgeoning us and
blinding us when we no longer pretend to believe them. While Humanity is facing
an existential threat, are the principles and tactics of anarchosyndicalism still
relevant at the beginning of the 21st century? War in Ukraine, social misery,
ecological disasters, exploitation of human beings... concretely what are the
proposals of today's anarchosyndicalists to act, from the local to the global level.
It is on these questions in particular that the delegates of the 28th Congress of
the AIT debated, from December 5 to 11, 2022 in Alcoy (Spain), in a room full of
history, since it was the place of creation of the Spanish section of the First
International in 1873.
Because 100 years later, thwarting all the forecasts and the ominous birds that
announce like parrots its disappearance every 10 years, the AIT is still there.
She survived all repressions, all exiles, all attempts at annihilation, from
Patagonia to Japan, from Nazi concentration camps to communist gulags, and even
integration via money and corruption. , the deadliest poison of all to which many
trade unionists, even "revolutionary" ones, have succumbed...
For 5 days, in this industrial city in crisis in Spain, where we know what worker
dignity and class solidarity mean, found this small concentration of humanity
from 4 continents, exchanging in all languages of the earth... and even in
Esperanto, without regard to identity of any kind. AIT is very much alive, it is
even growing, as the companions from Indonesia, Pakistan, Australia, Chile and
Colombia have come to tell us. And even in Europe, since we had the pleasure of
welcoming the Irish companions of Organize into the great international family of
Undeniably, anarchosyndicalism, its principles and modes of action are more
topical than ever. Institutional unionism continues to sink into corruption with
the bosses and the powerful. The indictment of Luca Vicenti, Secretary General of
the International Trade Union Confederation (the international common to the
CFDT, the CFTC, the CGT and FO) in the context of Qatargate is the perfect
illustration of this.
Workers have understood that they have nothing to expect from institutional
unions. The results of the recent professional elections in the public service,
in which the CNT-AIT was the only anarcosyndicate to call for a boycott, speak
for themselves. It now remains to translate this distancing vis-à-vis the unions
into a movement to resume the struggles.
Like the current strike of SNCF controllers, launched by an autonomous collective
of self-organized workers, refusing to play the game of representativeness and
media spectacle by refusing to speak to the newspapers. Christophe Barbier, the
famous ultra-liberal columnist for BFMTV, made no mistake about it "it's the
return of anarchosyndicalism, this doctrine based on the thought of Bakunin,
which uses direct action, and refuses any trade union mediation between the boss
and the workers.
100 years later, the principles and tactics of the AIT would therefore not be
completely dead... As a pension reform is announced which will be bloody against
workers and workers, it is up to us to amplify the movement for that finally, we
are moving from successive defensive union defeats over the past 50 years to a
massive and inventive offensive. To all the workers who have not completely lost
hope, the CNT-AIT opens its arms to them: join us!
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