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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: http://www.humanite.fr/propos-monsi...

by Michel Guilloux

You’ve got it, Mr Gattaz

Translated Sunday 17 April 2016, by Richard Bach

Proposals are being discussed right now. In the town squares of the Republic of France, we are seeing a whole nation flocking together. Their existence has been marginalised by a fad that has been sweeping around the world, from Wall Street to Puerta del Sol, via Tahrir.

Proposals are being discussed right now. In the town squares of the Republic of France, we are seeing a whole nation flocking together. Their existence has been marginalised by a fad that has been sweeping around the world, from Wall Street to Puerta del Sol, via Tahrir.

"We have too much stress. We want Hermes scarves!" These and other phrases greeted the president of the employers’ organstion, Medef, yesterday in Toulouse.

The weapon of humour is being used by those who are creating the dream of another society while fighting against the new labour law. Humour is just one of an array of new ideas that are typical in the current movement, occupying public spaces. This what happens when you use your imagination.

On the other hand, the boss of bosses is faithful to the mandate of his members. They have some power in this country. "Do we want to solve the problem of unemployment in France?” he said, when alone and without the annoyance of his media opponents.

"The only question I would like to ask those who are heads of these organizations, including some unions is: give us the recipe to create jobs in France."

Nobody would insult the spokesman of the oligarchy symbolized by the CEOs and shareholders of the CAC 40 by ignoring the proposals that are being discussed right now. In the town squares of the Republic of France, we are seeing a whole nation flocking together. Their existence has been marginalised by a fad that has been sweeping the world, from Wall Street to Puerta del Sol, via Tahrir.

This is happening in companies where we can no longer put up with crushed wages or the destruction of workers’ rights due to Mr. Gattaz’s friends’s willful negligence.

This is happening in the streets, or in places such as Marseilles, where the General Confederation of Labour’s conference opens on Monday, with the ambition of creating "a labour code for the twenty-first century".

We have no shortage of ideas. Ideas always come along, each time a population is forced into action.

In order to tackle the wall of money, how can we build strength in numbers?

As Brecht said, "Democracy means the turning of a small circle of knowledgeable people into a large circle of knowledgeable people”. We’re working on it, Mr Gattaz. We’re working on it.


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