French public workers strike

Scott Marshall 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.

Scott
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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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