ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: La CGT appelle à voter contre Nicolas Sarkozy
Translated Wednesday 21 March 2012, by Bill Scobleand reviewed by
The CGT has taken a position in the presidential election campaign, calling for Nicolas Sarkozy not to be re-elected, whose continuation in power, according to the trade union confederation “would surely initiate a new series of serious social regressions.”
The two rounds of the presidential elections, on April 22 and May 6, “are important dates for democratic expression” and as such, “the CGT cannot remain neutral, especially with regard to the gravity of the situation,” says a declaration adopted unanimously on March 13, 2012, in Montreuil in the Paris metropolitan area, by the confederal executive committee.
“In view of the president’s track record and plans, his re-election would surely initiate a new series of serious social regressions,” the trade union confederation emphasized. It is the trade union organization with the largest audience in France.
“Behind his talk about the ‘moralization of capitalism’ and the ‘revalorization of labor,’ his activity has mainly consisted in favoring shareholders and the richest people. His choices have contributed to making the workers pay for the economic crisis, a crisis for which they are not to blame,” the trade union confederation said. For the CGT, “the presidential election has to create a new context that is more favorable to our demands and to social progress.” The trade union confederation added that the extreme right-wing Front national, which gets a good share of workers’ votes, “simply cannot open a perspective of exiting the economic crisis.”
The general secretary of the CGT, Bernard Thibault, had already stated that he would vote against Nicolas Sarkozy in the presidential elections, while emphasizing that the trade union confederation is not giving a recommendation as to which candidate to vote for.