French Rulers Put Squeeze on Workers’ Fight-Back

PARIS, June 1 — Due to sharpening imperialist competition, French President Sarkozy is now ignoring most of France’s union “leaders” leaving them virtually paralyzed. While these misleaders plead with the government to negotiate, and organize symbolic 24-hour protest strikes, Sarkozy steamrolls right past them with plans to dismantle both the welfare state and the unions.

To pursue its imperialist agenda, the French government needs a docile workforce and ready cash. For example, while visiting Iraqi officials today, foreign minister Kouchner offered them French military instructors to train the Iraqi army. In return, the Iraqi prime minister offered to buy state-of-the-art military technology from France, one of the world’s leading exporters of arms and aircraft.

Iraqi foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari said “there is an urgent need for French companies to be more present here in Iraq.” Sarkozy wants European Union imperialism to penetrate Iraq in the next six months. Therefore, the government is playing hardball with the unions here.

On May 22, thousands struck and over 450,000 demonstrated in 153 cities protesting government “reforms” to force workers to work longer for smaller retirement pensions. But Sarkozy intends to push his reform through, consulting the unions only on precise points and without trying to get approval from even the most sellout unions (Le Figaro, 5/23).

The main teachers’ unions called for another 24-hour strike on May 24 against government plans to axe 11,200 jobs next school year, but while 15,000 demonstrated in Nantes, the action was only partly successful elsewhere. The following day Education Minister Darcos announced the cuts would be maintained and “protest marches won’t change a thing.”

That hard-line position was enough to bust up the union coalition. On May 27, three teachers unions said they were “suspending” the protest movement.

The government then busted up union unity around another 24-hour strike against retirement “reform” planned for June 17. When the smaller unions split with the bigger ones (CGT and CFDL) over the latter’s back-door agreement with the bosses’ organization MEDEF, the government then double-crossed the whole business with a measure undermining the 35-hour work-week.

With the union misleaders at loggerheads, Sarkozy is attacking on yet another front — introducing a bill to make it easier to shift public workers from one ministry to another, and even to shift them out of the public sector altogether.

The government has been able to play off these union misleaders against each other because they’re all competing to become the government’s “preferred negotiating partner.” The big losers are the workers.
Only communist leadership, dedicated not to negotiating with the government to “improve” capitalism, but to overthrowing the government and the capitalist system, offers a way forward for the working class here.J

French Government Boxes in Undocumented Immigrants

PARIS, June 1 — A January 7 government circular which legalizes undocumented workers in dribs and drabs is keeping them at the mercy of the bosses and their government. The circular provides for the legalization of workers who can produce a job contract, proof they’ve been working for three months and a promise from their boss to pay the costs of legalization. But each prefecture is allowed to apply the law as it sees fit.
The result is a feudal system in which legalization depends on a worker’s relationship with his boss, and the boss’s relationship with the prefect. Another aim is to smash the strike movement for legalization launched by undocumented workers in April.

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  1. L’objectif de nos démarches envers vous consiste à vous informer d’une situation critique que nous vivions en Haiti , nous les ouvriers victimes de la CD APPAREL S.A depuis le quatre Mai 2007 c’est que : FRANTZ PILORGE [propriétaire de la Cd Apparel] de complicité avec le secteur privé Haiti , la bourgeoisie haitienne et les dirigeants de Hanes [HBI] font tout pour maintenir les ouvriers dans la discrimination et la misère après la fermeture brutale et illegale de l’entreprise par Hanes sans préavis, refusent de nous dédomager et reparer . De plus FRANTZ PILORGE a fait savoir aux ouvriers que Hanes ne veut pas payer les ouvriers par motif de discrimination raciale et la question de couleur, et parcequ’ils sont des noirs haitiens de plus, dit-il, qu’à chaque fermeture d’un plant , les responsables de Hanes se font toujours le devoir de dédomager les employés selon l’exigence de la legislation sociale internationale du travail et le code of conduct de Hanesbrands donc si après quatre années d’excellence et de travail accompli que les ouvriers ont fournis à cette compagnie americaine si encore elle ne veut pas reparer les ouvriers de Cd Apparel S.A en Haiti il considère que c’est un crime contre l’humanité et une violation flagrante de la protection et du droit des travailleurs car dit-il : Cd Apparel s.a dont le propriétaire principal Frantz Pilorge est une entreprise ayant un contrat direct avec la compagnie internationale “Saralee / Hanesbrands [HBI] et que l’organisation ” Wrap Apparel” a justifiée legale et formelle par le numero de certification 5382 ; à ce point de vue juridique : La legislation sociale internationale et le Code of conduct en matière du travail font obligation à la compagnie directrice de dédomager les employés une fois resilié leur contrat c’est dans cette optique que nous tenons d’exiger justice et réparation de la part de Hanes pour prix des quatre années de performance et d’excellence réalisées pour elle tout en stipulant que Cd Apparel s.a reste et demeure l’entreprise la plus productive de de Hanesbrands en matière d’efficience …C’est pourqoi avoue-t-il que Hanes l’a fait pour ST-Domingue, Porto-Rico, Mexique ,Canada et les Plants aux Etats-Unis ; à cette fin il conclut que tous les defenseurs des droits humains et les responsables des organizations syndicales doivent interpeler leur conscience pour faire pression sur les decideurs de Hanes de payer ces malheureux ouvriers outre d’empêcher ce crime odieux !!! Pour plus d’informations , nous vous invitons à cliquer sur ces liens . Notre adresse domicile est à sonapi ,parc industiel # 31 .en voici l’adresse de notre avocat : 509/34297129, 509/37548022 …Vive lutte des travailleurs !!!

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  2. WE, THE EMPLOYEES OF CD APPAREL IN HAITI AT SONAPI INDUSTRIAL PARC # 31 LET SHOW TO ALL OVER IN THE WORLD : THE LOGO, CARTON , MOON WORKS FOR THE COMPANY SARALEE/ HANESBRANDS [HBI] AFTER 4 YEARS OF EXCELLENT JOB FOR THEM . THEY REFUSE TO REPAIR US AS THE COMPANY HAS BEEN ALREADY DOING IT FOR ANY PLANT THAT SHE CLOSES IN ANY COUNTRY.SINCE MAI 4 2007 , FRANTZ PILORGE USED THE WORKERS VERY BADLY WITHOUT MONEY AND SAYS TO HANES THAT HE GET PAID FULL COMPENSATION HE LIES ! HE LIES ! HE LIES ! IT’S FOR SO THAT WE INVITE THE RESPONSIBLES OF HUMAN RIGHTS TO COME IN HAITI TO DO THE LIGHT ON THIS CRISIS !!! AS PILORGE SAYS THAT HE IS WILLING TO FORGE THE RESPONSIBLES OF HANES TO DAMAGE THE WORKERS BECAUSE THE WAY FROM HANES TO CLOSE CD APPAREL [HG] HAS BEEN BRUTAL AND ILLEGAL BUT THEY REFUSE TO DO IT AS RICHARD NOLL AND GERALD EVANS GET DONE IT FOR EACH PLANT CLOSED IN ANY COUNTRY . FOR THAT PILORGE FRANTZ PUSH THE WORKERS TO FIGHT HANES UNTIL THE VICTORY CAUSE THE ACT OF HANES IS A DISCRIMATION AND CRIMINAL !!! GOD BLESSES THE WORKERS IN THE WORLD ! … WE KEEP SINCE 4 MAI 2007 : 6 CONTENERS OF FINISHED GOOD, LOGO OF HANES, 2 CONTENERS CARTONS, 480.000 PIECES T- SHIRTS, MACHINES WITHOUT FORGETING MOON WORK LOTS IN DEVIATION FOR SARALEE !!! YOU HAVE TO KNOW THAT FRANTZ PILORGE LET US UNDERSTAND WHAT ALL OF YOU ARE MERCHANT CRIMINAL MAKING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST HAITI’S WORKERS SO, HE GET WILLING TO DEMAND YOU PAYING THE WORKERS BUT YOU REFUSE .BY THIS ACT HE CONSIDERS THAT IS VERY ABUSING AGAINST THE RIGHT AND PROTECTION OF THE WORKERS CAUSE THEY’RE EXPLOITING THE POOR HAITIANS WORKERS !!! DO NOT FORGET THE BRANDS AND STYLE OF T-SHIRTS THAT WE KEEP[BY HAITIAN LAW] FOR HANES [HBI] ARE : PRINTABLES, CASUAL WEAR, 5250, 5280, SM80, 5170. UNTIL WE GET DAMAGE AND REPAIRS ON HANESBRANDS !!! GOD BLESSES THE WORKERS IN THE WORLD !

    The objective of our walkout towards consists of you it’s to inform you of a position criticizes that we lived in Haiti, we the workers victims of the CD APPAREL S.A since May 4, 2007 this is that: FRANTZ PILORGE [owner of the cd apparel] of complicity with the private sector Haiti, the middle class haitian and the leaders of hanes [HBI] do all to maintain the workers in discrimination and the misery after the brutal closing and illegal of the plant CD APPAREL by Hanes without previous notice, refuse of us damage and repair. Of more FRANTZ PILORGE informed the workers than Hanes does not want to pay the workers by motive of racial discrimination and the color question, and course the workers are black haitian of more, he says, that to every closing of a plant, the persons in charge of Hanes do themselves always the duty of damage and pay charge to all of employees according to the requirement of the social international legislation of the work and the CODE OF CONDUCT from Hanes Therefore, PILORGE says if Hanes does not want repair the workers of cd apparel in Haiti this is a crime against humanity and a flagrant violation of the right of the workers. For more of informations, we invite yourself to click on these links. We are at sonapi, parc industial # 31. in here the address of our lawyer/ attorney : 509/34297129; 509/37548022; 22133089.We already get informed all People in the World by that means: The Trade Union Organisation , the ResponsiBles of Human Right ,the Social Group and the Lawer’s Men, if the Leaders of Saralee / Hanesbrands [Hbi] could take an other way different than the only one to damage the poor Haitian Workers to take note against them and sentence that nasty action against the protection and the Right of the Workers in the World . In sum Pilorge and Reginald Baker note for example Hanes pays charges and damage the employees of D.R, Puerto Rico; Mexico; Canada and the U.S.A Plant for what according to him Hanes refuse to dame the workers of CD APPAREL S.A [HG] for this : The responsibles of human right and the lawer’s men must demand to the responsibles of Hanes to pay the workers after 4 years of excellent works for the company Hanes !!! HE TERMINATES BY TELLING THAT THE LEADERS OF HANESBRANDS EXPLOIT THE POORS HAITIANS WORKERS [SAYS FRANTZ PILORGE ]

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  3. NOTE : FRANTZ PILORGE AND REGINALD BAKER ARE OWNER OF CD APPAREL S.A IN HAITI OF MORE, CONTRACTORS OF SARALEE/ HANESBRANDS [HBI] THEREFORE, THE HAVE GOT A DIRECT CONTRACT WITH THIS AMARICAN COMPANY [HANESBRANDS] THAT MEANS : SO WHEN AN INTERNATIONAL COMPANY GET DIRECT CONTRACT WITH AN OWNER IN ANY COUNTRY THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL LEGISLATION AND THE CODE OF CONDUCT ABOUT WORK MAKE OBLIGATION TO THE DIRECTION OF THE COMPANY AFTER THE CLOSING OF ANY PLANT TO DAMAGE AND REPAIR THE EMPLOYEES .IT’S FOR THAT THE WORKERS OF CD APPAREL S.A [PLANT NAME, HG] IN HAITI INVITE THE PRINCIPAL OF TRADE UNION ORGANISATION, THE RESPONSIBLES OF PROTECTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS, THE LAWER’S MEN AND THE LEADERS OF SARALEE/ HANESBRANDS [HBI] TO COME INTO HAITI AT SONAPI INDUSTRIAL PARK OF TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE AVENUE BUILDING # 31 TO MEET WITH THE WORKERS SO THAT THIS CRISIS COULD BE UNLOCK . DO NOT FORGET THAT THE LEADERS OF HANES GET DAMAGED THE EMPLOYEES OF DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, PUERTO- RICO, MEXICO, CANADA AND U.S.A ETC… FOR WHAT NOT THE HAITIAN’S EMPLOYEES AT CD APPAREL S.A . BY THIS FACT IF HANES CONTINUE REFUSING TO DAMAGE THE WORKERS EVERY BODY CAN CONSIDERS THIS ACTION LIKE BEING OF EXPLOITATION, CRIMINAL, ABUSING, RACE DISCRIMINATION , INJUSTICE OR BECAUSE OF THE WORKERS ARE THE BLACK PEOPLE . TO NOT THAT CD APPAREL S.A [HG] IS CERTIFIED BY WRAP ORGANISATION AS A PLANT OR ENTERPRISE IN HAITI LEGITIMATE AND LEGAL TO BE WORKING FOR SARALEE/ HANESBRANDS [HBI] AND THEN THE CERTIFICATION NUMBER FOR CD APPAREL S.A IS 5382 . TO REMIND THAT CD APPAREL S.A HAS BEEN AND STILL LIVES THE NUMBER ONE FROM ALL OF PLANT PRODUCING BETTER AND GIVING THE BEST EFFICIENCY ABOUT PRODUCTION AND QUALITY IT’S FOR SO THIS PLANT IN HAITI CONSIDERED TOWARDS THEIR EYES LIKE BEEING THE BEST IN THE CARIBBEAN . ALL PEOPLE CAN VERIFY THIS INFORMATION IN THE YEARBOOK OF SARALEE / HANESBRANDS . IF IT’S SO ACCORDING TO THE LEADERS OF HANESBRANDS [HBI] THEY HAVE TO FIXE THEIR POSITION SO THAT THE RESPONSIBLES OF HUMAN RIGHTS, THE TRADE UNION ORGANISATION AND THE LAWER’S MEN COULD TAKE ACTION ON THIS BAD SITUATION AGAINST THE POOR HAITIAN WORKERS. GOD BLESSES THE WORKERS IN THE WORLD!!!

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