French public workers strike
Scott at rednet.org
Tue Oct 10 20:47:00 MDT 1995
The class struggle is sharpening in the world, and though some don't deem it
fit for a marxist list until a number of years have passed and the movements
can be dissected 'from afar.' Never-the-less some might want to put these
actions of workers into their Marxist equations and deliberations.
WFTU SUPPORTS DAY OF ACTION OF FRENCH PUBLIC SERVICE EMPLOYEES IN DEFENCE OF
WAGES AND JOBS AND CALLS FOR INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY
The massive, nationwide protest action today by five million public
service employees in France raises important issues of public finance and
social policy - and the commitments made by governments at the World Summit
for Social Development (WSSD) and the World Conference on Women (WCW).
Trade union members in France and the world over raise the legitimate
question whether a cut in real wages and living standards of public service
employees through a wage-freeze, job losses and reduced social security is the
only option available to the French government to reduce the state budget
deficit. Also the basic question arises about the social content of economic
policies stressed at the WSSD and WCW.
In this regard, the WFTU draws attention of governments to the call
made by the NGO Peace Caucus at the recent World Conference on Women in
Beijing for a fifty per cent cut in arms budgets, to find resources to support
social policies. In the case of France which is squandering of billions of
francs on a nuclear arms race and the resumed nuclear tests, this call of the
NGO Peace Caucus is particularly relevant.
The World Federation of Trade Unions fully supports the demands of the
French trade union organisations and appeals to trade unions in all countries
to express their international solidarity with the united actions of the
French public service employees, and call upon the Government of France to
cancel the proposed measures.
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