Forum. Specialists of trade unionism in the United Kingdom consider that the acceleration of neoliberal reforms in this country in the 1980s and 1990s and the weakening of the links between the labour party of New Labour and the TUC, the traditional unions, have created a larger space for the currents of trade union protesters (radical unionism). We may wonder, by contrast to the French situation, while the election of Emmanuel Macron has opened a difficult time for all the unions and the spaces left in a “trade-unionism of struggle” as a trade unionism that claim to be “reformists” seem to restrict themselves in a parallel fashion.
It is not to fix categories and to confine the organisations : this has so much less meaning that these are evolving and that they are to understand how relational. However, the reference to the United Kingdom has nothing trivial : are we witnessing the equivalent of the great offensive thatcher against the unions in the uk and, in particular, in its battle against juvenile ?
The willingness of the government Philippe to move forward very quickly, with first the completion of the deep transformation of labour law and representative institutions of the personnel through orders, and then with the reform of the SNCF, seems to go in this direction. The objective of weakening the trade unions engaged in the contestation of these measures, closing any possibility of negotiation, is manifested : not only the mobilisation should not pay, but the unions so-called “protesters” must come out weakened, including in their last ” bastions “.
Alliances to rebuild
This configuration policy creates new conditions for all the trade union organizations. On the side of the CGT as of Solidarity – and, intermittently, FO –, central actors in resistance against the dismantling…