12 juillet 2010
The MEDEF [Mouvement des Entreprises de France - French Confederation of Business Enterprises] would like to express its thorough satisfaction with the latest developments.
The withdrawal of the CPE has perfectly played its role as a bone tossed to the labor unions, with the complicity of the mass media. This maneuver has enabled the safeguarding of what was essential for us in the Equal Opportunity law and similar previous measures (CNE, apprenticeship for 14-year-olds, night work for 15-year-olds, night work for women, RMZ, CIVIS, etc.).
The essential elements of our goal of increased flexibility and social insecurity have thus been safeguarded !
What makes our victory all the sweeter is that direct and indirect benefits to employers (reduction of social costs, subsidies and grants for hires) are going to be increased. Considering this net result, we call for the prompt opening of new negociations !
Such success would not have been possible without the persistent and assiduous support of the labor unions, which have done everything in their power to smother this social movement. We hope they will be rewarded with a substantial increase in their subsidies.
The great danger for us was the possibility that the general contestation that emerged from this movement might have spread and intensified, bypassing the unions and political organizations, organizing itself in decentralized general assemblies and practicing the direct action of mobile blockages.
Fortunately, a general strike has been avoided. All’s well that ends well.
We know that we can count on all the political parties, left or right, to prevent any revival of this movement by encouraging people to wait for next year’s elections.
Long live France. Long live the Republic.
Long live flexibility and growth.
And above all, long live money !
P.S. We would also like to thank the Minister of the Interior for having clubbed, arrested and put on file all those young rebels who in any case would never have been docile and obedient workers.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE MEDEF
10 April 2006
cc : Collectif Libertaire du Val d’Oise / CNT-AIT
Translation : Ken Knabb. Thanks !
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