CPE

Why not the autumn of the communes?: A response to the Jacobins

viva la commune!

A response to Jacobin magazine's discussion on the #Occupy movement, by a student who experienced the 2009-2010 University of California protests and occupations. The author relates the movements back to the 'communisation' tendency within recent events in France.

This piece responds to a couple Jacobin-related things pretty directly, so let’s put them out there straight away:

What happened after the Paris suburb riots? 2005

Mouvement Communiste on the aftermath of the Paris suburban riots of 2005, the reaction of the right and resulting new government policies.

The offensive of the French Right

2005-06 The rebellion of young proletarians in France - interview

Assembly of an anti-CPE occupation

Three years on, Greek communist group Blaumachen interviews Jeanneneton, a participant in the movement against the labour liberalisation law CPE.

The following interview with the French comrade Jeanneneton took place in the summer of 2007. It has been included in the 3rd issue of ‘Blaumachen’, published in Greece in June 2009.

All Quiet On The French Front

Most of this was completed on March 26th 2006 at the height of the movement in France against the CPE, and then updated for the following 2 weeks or so as the movement flowed and ebbed. It inevitably expresses the optimism of the moment, with all its over-simplifications.
The photo here, from April 2006, translates as "Block The Economy - Free Those Arrested".

[i] A major social movement against neo-liberal policies is currently developing in France. Nationwide, it's the biggest thing since May '68, though it's a long way from the social explosion of 38 years ago, which at that time was clearly the most intensive proletarian assault on class power since 1917- 21. It could die a sad death, but this will probably take some time.

Cyril Ferez

Cyril Ferez, beaten by CRS riot police during the anti-CPE protests in 2006.

France: employment law ruled to be in breach of international law

The Appeal Court in Paris has ruled that the CNE is in violation of international employment law.

The CNE is an employment law that allows workers in small businesses with fewer than 20 employees to be kept on a two-year probationary period during which they can be fired without reason. It is the sister law of the CPE which triggered waves of strikes, blockades, demonstrations and occupations across France in 2005-6

France: employment law ruled to be in breach of international law

The Appeal Court in Paris has ruled that the CNE is in violation of international employment law.

The CNE is an employment law that allows workers in small businesses with fewer than 20 employees to be kept on a two-year probationary period during which they can be fired without reason. It is the sister law of the CPE which triggered waves of strikes, blockades, demonstrations and occupations across France in 2005-6

Mouvement Communiste CPE leaflets for students and building workers

Assembly at Jussieu university

Two leaflets about the CPE employment law. The first from 27 March, by some students in Jussieu to the building workers directly employed by this university in Paris. The second one was distributed in a student General Assembly, a little after the end of the movement.

It is as workers that we are attacked and not as students!

A lovely spring in France - CPE report by Mouvement Communiste

18 March demonstration

A report on the unrest and struggle agains the CPE employment law by Mouvement Communiste, a Paris based collective.

The struggle against the CPE has mobilised youth in the education system, starting in higher education and then followed by the high schools, with the principal objective of forcing the withdrawal of Article 8 of the 'Equal Opportunities Law'. This article introduced a new punitive employment contract reserved for young workers. The objective of the struggle has been fully achieved.

CPE and labour contracts in France

Renault workers

This is a short overview of the CPE law, by Ni Patrie, Ni Frontier, serving as an introduction to the following articles focussing on the struggles that this law ignited.

1) What is this new law about youth employment called and what it is about?