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LThe dilemma is just not new, however the context is unprecedented. With the RN nearer to energy than it has ever been, commerce union organizations should select between clearly calling on their members to vote, in favor (or in opposition to) a celebration, and remaining outdoors these legislative elections. The problem is just not a lot to affect the result of the vote as to make a great impression when it comes to values, with out showing to be subservient to a political celebration or ideology.

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“We never give instructions, we don't engage in partisan politics,” he explains. Point Cyril Chabannier, President of the CFTC. I used to be elected to defend employees on points that concern the world of labor. If some persons are comfy with belonging to a humanist and average union and, on the similar time, voting for a political celebration that doesn’t espouse these values… What would you like me to let you know? We have all the time mentioned that we have been against excessive events, however nobody will name themselves excessive amongst LFI and RN voters. I don’t consider in voting directions.

Nor did Force Ouvrière (FO) give any voting directions. In a press launch, the union reiterated its opposition to “all forms of racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and rejection of others”. And reaffirmed its dedication to its “independence”, an apparent reference to the circumstances of its delivery in 1948, throughout the Cold War. Judging the CGT to be too near the French Communist Party, strikers left the union that yr, which had been primarily based in Montreuil since 1966, to affix this new union.

This independence is all of the extra pricey to FO as a result of, “under the leadership of Marc Blondel, general secretary from 1989 to 2004, the union was torn between the supporters of an apolitical line and the activists of the Trotskyist left, explains Dominique Andolfatto, professor of political science at the University of Burgundy and co-author of the book Anatomy of Unionism (Presses universitaires de Grenoble, 2021). It was not until the era of Jean-Claude Mailly (2004-2018), and his choice to leave a lot of latitude to the different components of the confederation, that the unity of FO made a comeback.

The emancipation of the 1980s

On the contrary, there are unions that are calling for a blockade against the RN. The CGT, CFDT, Unsa, FSU and Solidaires called on their supporters to vote for “the candidates greatest positioned to beat the far proper”, in a joint press release published on Tuesday. The CGT did not wait for the results of the first round, calling for a vote for the New Popular Front (NFP) as early as June 18 through its general secretary Sophie Binet.

“It's not stunning, given their historical past,” comments Dominique Andolfatto. “In the previous, there was a whole lot of proximity between these unions and the left-wing political events. The CFDT was very near the PS, the CGT to the PCF. Until the Eighties, they gave directions to voters. In 1981, they have been all behind François Mitterrand.”

This would change temporarily with the austerity shift decided by François Mitterrand in 1983. “The unions feared being related to the disappointments attributable to this radical change in financial coverage,” explains the academic. This fear was all the greater because they began to see many of their members leave them even before François Mitterrand came to power.

The idea of ​​reinventing trade unionism by claiming total autonomy from political parties was then born. “Everyone, every on their very own, will grow to be unbiased, and likewise cease giving directions from 1993 onwards,” Dominique Andolfatto explains. The CFDT was a pioneer in this development.” This modified once more within the second spherical of the 2002 presidential election. That yr, the CGT and the CFDT, particularly, known as for a vote in opposition to Jean-Marie Le Pen. FO wouldn’t observe them.

The CFE-CGC, for its half, selected to submit “a document covering all of [ses] “claims to every celebration, asking them to place themselves,” explained its secretary general François Hommeril on June 11 on BFM Business. And to specify: “The reactions are revealed on our web site. The RN has by no means responded.”