Mass strikes and street revolt as Macron attacks workers and poor

Protesters at recent demonstration in Paris (Photo: Gauche Révolutionnaire)

Despite the mass strike and June’s explosive revolt, Macron is continuing to roll out his programme. The substance has not changed: attacking the living conditions of the majority of the population to allow the top bosses and big shareholders to reap maximum profits in this context of global crisis.

After ramming through the pension reform, with all the brutality and repression possible, from 49-3 articles in parliament to CRS attacks on demonstrators, Macron is continuing. The break up of public services that leads to so much social inequality goes on. Insecurity for all workers is reinforced by the “France Travail” legislation (a huge attack on the unemployed, and, by extension, all workers). Public budgets are to be cut by a further €10 billion, particularly in housing and employment, while insecurity in those two areas has soared since Covid. Education is once again under attack, especially at the expense of the children of workers, who Macron wants to “bring into contact” with companies “from year 8”: You’re the child of a worker? You will be exploited at the age of 12!

And that’s not all: companies that aren’t making enough profit for their liking are planning thousands of job cuts (supermarkets, ready-to-wear clothing, etc). While we’re struggling, the stock market has risen by more than 11% since the beginning of 2023. It’s those people, the big shareholders, the top bosses, the real “pests”, who are plundering the wealth produced solely by workers, but from which we never benefit, while asking us to make “sacrifices”!

Anger at Macron’s government 

These policies are strongly rejected by a majority of the population. Macron and his government may appear to be in control, but they have been extremely weakened by the powerful movement on pensions: almost five months of mass struggle, with five million people involved. The revolt that exploded in neighbourhoods following the murder of young Nahel, at just 17 years of age, also expresses the rejection of this society that promises young people nothing but hardship and police harassment, especially if they come from the suburbs and are of immigrant origin (real or supposed).

It’s no coincidence either. For years, Macron, just like Valls, Sarko, and all these scoundrels in the service of capitalism, treated, with the most ferocious violence, not only these young people but also trade unionists, demonstrators (“yellow vests” in 2018 for example but also this year). And to divide us, they encourage racism with propaganda and anti-immigrant laws.

Tackle the root of the problem

This anger will have to be unified and organised to target the real root of the problems. As long as capitalism is in place, there will be exploitation and misery and governments will use racism to divide young people and workers, and repression to prevent us from fighting back. That’s why we need to organise against capitalism.

The capitalists dominate the institutions and they have their parties and their media. We too need to get together and organise. We need a fighting party: to organise ourselves in the neighbourhoods and in the workplaces, to lead joint struggles against the government, for pay rises, for jobs. But also to fight in the trade unions and to prepare a mass strike against all the government’s policies.

A new party bringing together young people and workers would make it possible to fight for socialism, the only real alternative to capitalism. Because to satisfy social needs, it’s necessary to have an economy that is rid of the law of profit, and which is democratically organised by workers to satisfy the needs of all. By nationalising the main means of production, transport and distribution, under the democratic control and management of workers, it would be possible to begin to eradicate the misery, unemployment, racism, and sexism that capitalism brings. 



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July 2023