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CGT Calls for Vote to Stand in Way of FN Candidates

Translated Wednesday 1 April 2015, by Gene Zbikowski

In a press statement, the CGT “is calling on employees, retirees, those deprived of a job and more generally the world of labor to stand in the way of the far right candidates by voting” following the outcome of the first round of the départemental elections.

The results of the first round of the départementale elections in France have begun a new stage in the Front National’s becoming solidly established politically. A party that bases itself on anti-Semitic, racist and xenophobic ideas and that encourages the social exclusion of the most vulnerable people is on the ballot in the second round of the elections in half of the cantons, and in 322 cantons it obtained the largest vote.

This unprecedented situation in local politics reveals, first of all, the absence of a political response to social needs by the national government, notably as concerns wages, pensions, jobs, and access to public services. The citizens’ vote has sanctioned a policy that has turned its back on the world of labor and on the commitments that had been made.

The National Front presents itself as a recourse to realize a social policy. This amounts to deception. Indeed, everywhere where this party is managing municipalities, it is taking brutal measures to reduce social expenditures, to eliminate grants to associations, to destroy equality in the right to access to welfare, and to challenge access by all children to school cafeterias. In fact, once it is in charge, the National Front employs the austerity policy that it pretends to fight against.

We can already imagine how such an orientation might be realized at the level of a département, whose top-priority jurisdiction lies in social action and the autonomy of individuals. The world of labor and notably the most vulnerable people would be targeted.

The CGT is calling on employees, retirees, those deprived of a job and more generally the world of labor to stand in the way of the far right candidates by voting.

The CGT is calling on employees, retirees, and those deprived of a job to join the national all-trades mobilization of strikes and actions on April 9, and to demonstrate in Paris for jobs, for wages, for retirement, for working conditions, for job training, for social protection and for public services.

The best answer to the risks that are represented by the far right ideas put forward by the National Front and other organizations is to take into account the demands of the world of labor in social and economic policy, and to draw upon social democracy to promote employment and workplace citizenship.


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