The goons of the services d'ordre (SO), the stewards of the CGT (Confederation General de Travail) and FO (Force Ouvriere) side with the police to the disgust of many, including members of the CGT and FO. They are taunted with "SO, Collabos" ('service d'ordre, collaborators'). Armed with telescopic batons, pick-axe handles, baseball bats and helmets, these goons act to police the anti-labour law demonstrations. Back in May 1968 the CGT's SO performed the same function, attacking demonstrators and sabotaging the uprising.
Images of the French CGT union's 'services d'ordre' stewards
Where is the struggle going?
May 2nd more than 600 followers of coordination 75 of the sans-papiers (75 is the number of the department of Paris) entered as a big group the Center of the Unions in order to occupy it. In this article, some of the delegates of this occupation give their views on struggle with and against the unions.