The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Union Militants Mobilize Daily

Oct 25, 2010

The Paris militants of the CGT (General Confederation of Labor), joined by those of other union confederations, organize “initiatives” almost every day. There are rallies between noon and 2:00 P.M., with flags and loudspeakers.

The Parisian militants get together in a set place, reinforcing the workplace militants of that neighborhood and district. They discuss with passers-by and workers who come out for lunch. Workplace activists and strikers discuss the movement. Whenever there are enough people, a demonstration is formed and goes through the neighborhood. They are always warmly received.

Demonstrations have already occurred in front of the city hall, at the big national library, etc. Others were planned in front of the Senate for October 22, and in connection with the Tenon hospital workers, who are still on strike.