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(en) Italy, FdCA, Il Cantiere #16: Union, Equality - Anti-capitalism Anti-fascism -- Alessandro Granata * (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]
Wed, 17 May 2023 08:17:52 +0300
The requests that come from below, even if they come from a simple group of
members, must be listened to. ---- They must be listened to, mediated, understood
and must also find an answer. ---- We cannot be satisfied with a semblance of
facade democracy. There is no democracy if there is no right to dissent. If you
can not exercise a right of criticism that is also implemented. ---- A Thesis
needs an Antithesis to become a Synthesis and a synthesis needs an antithesis
again and so on in a virtuous circle of normal democratic dialectics. ----
Substantial and non-formal democracy we must practice between comrades and comrades.
Right to be heard and not a dogma of infallibility --- (this has been up to the
Popes since 1870 and if they are always right, it would be better not to talk to
us) accept criticism as an increase in knowledge and possibilities and not as
lese majesty. This is the basis of the scientific method. The possibility of verify-
Only in this way can a good synthesis of political documents be achieved,
obtaining a unitary and plural management.
Even if the internal opposition continues to play its role of antithesis and
constant verification. Another key point:
But should a trade union only manage internal democracy? Or worry only about the
contract? A syndicate of Knowledge like ours, perhaps dealing with Philosophy,
Theories of Power, political theory, elaborates, elaborates Knowledge and...
without knowledge and cognition of the mistakes made (because we have made
mistakes, and when we are wrong it is good to say it- we are not infallible like
the Popes-) and,,, I repeat, without knowledge and understanding of the mistakes
made, there is and will never be a better contract, social justice, inclusion,
Freedom equality and sisterhood, Equality what a beautiful word!
Pietro Gori so admirably outlines it "Because we love equality they called us
criminals but we are workers and bosses we don't want" -Pietro Gori 1895 Amor Ribelle
Today we are almost afraid to pronounce this word, it is replaced with the word
equity, a concept that does not belong to our history. Equity is when the poor
man who remains poor has enough to feed himself, cover himself and live in his
little house. The rich man remains the rich man with his villa and his beautiful
capital. Because, in the liberal vulgate, he deserves it.
Merit is another pernicious idea derived from the business model that you want to
apply to society and to the whole school. The best have more rights, but the best
are usually those at the top of the social pyramid, they deserve to be the best.
The values we believe in are very different. They descend from the first
international, they have roots in the social democratic, socialist, communist and
They all have one point in common: the overcoming of capitalism as the creator of
a society divided into classes, capitalists and workers. Exploiters and
exploited. Sometimes the exploited earn relatively well, but remain so because
the value of their work does not go entirely to them, but to increase the profit
that goes to capital.
We contrast the social, economic and ecological cost of the right to exploit, the
right to dismissal and precariousness in all our sectors to business law and the
risk of business law, a category now assumed by what defines itself as a
progressive camp. .
And then, even a school and an education that acts as a social elevator is not a
concept that should belong to us, we must aim for a school of free and equal people.
We should rethink a didactic that not only contrasts dispersion and failure and
effectively opposes the alternation between school and work, the "project
factory", the bureaucratization of the trade, but we must also rethink a didactic
that educates to our values, of inclusion, of cooperation , of equality, of the
enhancement of the individual paths of each of us, abolishing merit. For the
integral development of the personality, foresee a cycle of permanent education.
For an evaluation that goes beyond the standardization criteria linked to the
Whether the center right won or the center left lost on 25 September is a debate
that doesn't interest me too much. A concrete fact is that the votes of the
centre-right are more or less equal. Perhaps the institutional left, not
representing the demands for struggle and improvement that come from what should
be the reference political subject: workers, the unemployed and unemployed,
pensioners, students has completely lost the trust of these sectors.
The political left has betrayed them all. The union doesn't have to do that.
What is a general axiom, i.e. that male and female workers have no friendly
governments, in the Health and Education Sectors, manifests itself in all its
drama, in fact we observe in perfect continuity with previous governments
policies of cuts and systematic demolition of spending publish.
There are no friendly governments and it is useless to wait for political sides,
to moderate requests, to submit to governments of national unity. The union must
be autonomous from political parties and reverse any subordination. If we want to
practice anti-fascism consistently we must be anti-capitalists we must regain
possession of our theoretical baggage. Don't let us be duped by the ideas of the
ruling class. Like the productivist-business school.
Forming companions in the light of our values, with the clear intention on the
one hand of contractually defending our reference categories, on the other hand
forming the new generations based on the teaching principles that consistently
derive from our values, giving them the only competence that is really valid for
their life, the ability to imagine a future and be able to change society in
order to achieve it. Together.
We must have a clear vision of where we are going or we will go astray along the way.
We are here to remind our category who we were, who we are and where we are going.
We were the first category of this union that has given permanent representation
to the precarious by creating precarious coordination for universities and
schools by integrating them into the governing bodies. We have occupied Faculty
Councils and Statute Commissions in the rectorates with the flag of the FLC,
alongside students and with research precarious workers. We suspended ourselves
in the void or on the roofs.
Contains the worst aspects of the Gelmini Law and almost blocked "The good school".
We want the FLC to continue on its path of dialogue and discussion not only on
issues strictly related to contractual matters, not only with the area of
document 2, but also with all the requests that come from the realities of school
and university movements who are fighting for individual and social and
environmental rights. Feminisms, ecologisms, pacifism and antimilitarism. To
continue to be a competent and combative FLC. Let's hold hands in these sad days,
Let's not get lost along the way, Come on!
* Speech at the regional congress FLC CGIL Tuscany
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