This is the translation of a text that was partly read on the French National Radio today Wed 27 Oct 2010 by a few people who went on stage to interrupt a live show.
When a boss asks their staff to agree to redundancies and wage cuts to "save the company", he has already decided to close it down. When the right, the left and the media explain to us that we'll have to work longer to "save our pension system", they announce that its end has been planned.
We are being told to work for an extra two years. Exploitation always lasts for too long. The time we are robbed of never comes back.
The unions are trying to control the movement in order to pass as the sole reasonable partners for the the government to negotiate with. They hope to get a few crumbs out of the confrontation so as to keep up appearances. The unions negotiate the length of our chains ; we want to break them.
The TV, press and radio are all repeating the same discourse and showing the same images. By focusing on the refineries or the Marseille binmen, the media have chosen to conceal the variety of initiatives and tactics that have flourished since early September : snail operations by truck drivers, supermarkets blockaded by their employees, renewable strikes by teachers, railway workers, PSA car factory workers and the French National Radio staff, rotating strikes, trashing of the offices of the UMP [Sarkozy's party], MEDEF [union of the employers] and of council offices. We expect nothing from the media.
The powers-that-be are looking to divide and reign. The unions, political parties and bosses are putting us into categories. They oppose users to strikers, strikers to blockaders, workers to the unemployed, "breakers" [casseurs] to protesters. They resort to repression, searches and seizures to break solidarity. There's already been 2500 arrests in the last three weeks with up to 5 months prison sentences for the more determined.
We must refuse to play a part in the process that is trying to defeat us. We need to decide ourselves how we act and organise, independently from the powers-that-be. Thursday is another day of national protest. Let's use it to get together, organise and move beyond their instructions. Flying pickets, blockades, sabotage... Let us choose what seem the most efficient and fair tactics against the State and the Capital and take responsibility for them.
We owe them nothing. Between them and us, there is just a record to set straight.
Against exploitation, let's block the economy
Strikes, blockades, sabotage