As my post of the day before yesterday1 made kind of a buzz, I was questioned by some friends who wanted my opinion about unions and syndicalism. Of course I used satiric form, I exploited the clichés and that was clearly calculated. I do think I'm a democrat, but I think that the tools used by those who are defending us are completely out of time for 2016.
To be fair, I was wondering if I did not go too far. I have to admit that I laughed a lot as I was writing this short message. What happened? 60.000 people walked quietly in Brussels and they did not really bother me. I was able to go to the ULB and managed to study for my exams as I planned it. Then, thanks to ancestral and structural habits of the unions, the "rioters" attacked the common goods, a man in charge of safety was cowardly attacked from behind and wildcats are striking on the railways two days later.
So what? Are we supposed to be happy? Should we answer this question, I quote: "Do counter-strikers have guts or the sense of solidarity?" Are we supposed to congratulate you? No, certainly not. There is no justification to block us on the platforms. We do choose to go to work and we have the feeling that you want to punish us because of that. Maybe your problem was that you were only 60.000 yesterday.
Do you really now why you were demonstrating? What were your demands? The 45 hours week? You really think that we are dumbs. We did understand two things, the first is that you are changing the meanings of the words of the Peeters lay, the second is that as your "friends" from PS and CDH are not in the government, you are pissed off that some voters do not share your ideas.
Since the new government kamikaze, the unionist movements answer to his highness Lord Di Rupo : " It will be us or the chaos ". Congrats, comrads! Bravo! The only thing you manage to do is to make hate you even more. Some of us, like me, think that the a way to go forward and to come out from the crisis is educating and professional training. For example, higher learnings.
And you? Not only you piss of the workers, but above all, you manage to add stress to the students who are trying to find a way to cope. It's true that their diploma does not give an easy access to the job market anymore, but is it your role to make them fail in their attemps? Maybe you are part of the radical Marxism concerning the destruction of the intellectual elite?
Je ne me sens pas solidaire de vous, bien au contraire. Par contre, d’une certaine manière, je pourrais être solidaire de votre combat, mais je vous pose ces questions : où étiez vous quand votre grand timonier Di Rupo a fait passer les lois sur la déchéance des droits des chômeurs? Où étiez vous quand Magnette a balayé d’un revers de la main les recommandations faites par la table ronde sur les pensions? Où étiez vous lors des négociations du pacte d’excellence?
Let's go further: dear demonstrators, did you notice that the French, Belgian, German or Italian laws concerning the work reforms are really alike? That does not sound familiar to you? The TTIP? In 2016, you still did not understand that the fights are not anymore in the streets against local governments, but during the lobbying of european instances. COREPER, have you heard about it?2
Every battle that was won at the european level was with the only help of citizens and without you, the unionists, and that's reproach you. ACTA, the ancestor of TTIP was blocked by, inter alia, la Quadrature du net and the Pirate party. The glyphosate is on its way to be banned because of citizen lobbying of europarliamentaries and petitions addressed to the States that not want them anymore, such as the Netherlands. #PanamaPapers #Wikileaks #Snowden #NuitDebout? All this examples are movements where you do not appear.
Yes, I'm part of the people who is going to study tomorrow. Yes, I think that I'm lucky to have a work, but yes, I'm fighting every day to keep it. I'm fighting, but I don't destroy the others. Yes, I'm for flexibility at work and I hope to work less probably earning less too. Yes, I do take trainings to be at the top of the skills in my job. Yes, I do feel solidair. Yes, I'm politically involved.
But no, OH NO, I do not understand your fight and your passion to piss us off, us who are going to work tomorroy. In my opinion, your not announced strike is not a wildcat strike but a strike of wildcats. A backward fight from the XIXth century but we are in the XXIst one. How do you want me to be solidair with you? Maybe should I read again and again the Manifesto of the Communist Party and realize that I'm just a bourgeois and, whatever happens, you want a permanent revolution?
Does revolution create jobs or is it wild as your wildcats? I'm seriously asking the question.
- The Permanent Representatives Committee or Coreper (Article 240 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union - TFEU) is responsible for preparing the work of the Council of the European Union. It consists of representatives from the EU countries with the rank of ambassador to the European Union and is chaired by the EU country which holds the Council Presidency.