The Strikes in France

by Bruno Drweski

Railway workers and urban transport workers are tired of a month and a half of strike action, but for the moment and faced with the intransigence of power, they are determined to continue the strike despite this, hence the importance of extending the strike , with the restart of the education strike, the planned blocking of banknote distribution centers, the organization of the blocking of refineries and ports, etc. Particularly within the private sector.

In the current situation, not everyone goes on strike every day, because it costs too much, it is rather a guerrilla method that sets up, employees go on strike for a few days then many go back to work and then strike again , the strike takes place here and then elsewheren and the government never knows what will fall on it, when and where. We can speak of a “guerrilla war” and a “war of attrition” over time. And, as can be seen, the majority of French people continue, despite the disorganization of transport and daily life, to support strikers even if private workers in precarious situations often cannot go on strike.

The strike is a testament to the mass discontent that has been revealed thanks to the Yellow Vests movement. But now new social strata are being reached by the movement, such as the artists of the Paris Opera, the Radio France Orchestra, lawyers. This is a sign that the middle classes are also “dropping out” of the regime, in the name of their pensions of course, but also for the defense of culture, the rejection of its commodification or the honor of a profession which has missions other than making money. In fact, this strike is also the beginning of a cultural revolution. The problem is to amalgamate all these circles and to succeed in making believe that there is an alternative to the capitalist system which is in fact delegitimized.