[Marxism] News from Travayé è Payzan (Workers and Peasants), in Guadeloupe.
dwaltersMIA at gmail.com
Mon Feb 23 09:31:23 MST 2009
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
We received yesterday an update from Robert Fabert, past Deputy
Secretary General of the UGTG trade union federation and current editor
of/ Travayé è Payzan/ (Workers and Peasants), in Guadeloupe.
Brother Fabert writes:
"After the president and prime minister of France intervened directly,
negotiations between the French authorities and the LKP Strike
Collective were renewed late in the afternoon of Thursday, February 19,
and they continued throughout the day of February 20. Discussions are
moving very slowly because the proposals put forward by the French
government appear to be more like assistance to the poorest families
rather than an across-the-board wage increase.
"This is what the negotiating team of the LKP told the Strikers'
Assembly, which then prompted the employers to propose a 50 Euro wage
increase for all companies with less than 20 workers and 70 Euros with
companies with over 20 workers. But we did not accept this offer.
Negotiations will continue Monday at 11 a.m. They will be preceded by
meetings with mediators.
"The mobilizations are continuing throughout the weekend. Some of the
barricades will be opened temporarily today [Saturday, February 21] to
allow folks to participate in the many planned demonstrations that will
lead up to the funeral procession for our comrade who was assassinated
the evening of February 16. The mayor of Abymes and the Church have
called for a silent march, beginning at the site where our comrade was
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
We also received yesterday a very large PDF file with 60 photos taken by
the Lyannaj Kont Prowfitasyon- Duport Production Team. The photos were
taken the morning of February 16 at the Gosier barricade, where the
confrontation between the French CRS riot police and the picketers took
place. You will recall that 70 picketers were arrested, and one striker
was badly injured. All were released from jail a few hours later by the
mass pressure of thousands upon thousands of people who had assembled in
front of the police station in Pointe-à-Pître.
We have uploaded 19 of these photos onto the Snapfish website. Anyone
wishing to view these photos and/or download them for their publications
or for other forms of distribution should please click on the following
We want to thank all of you who have endorsed the Sign-On Letter to the
French Ambassador in Washington. To date we have received close to 200
endorsements, including from unions and community/political organizations.
*[If you haven't yet endorsed, please do so today, see below. You should
send in your endorsement by midnight tonight, Sunday, February 22, so
that your name is included in the letter we are sending to the French
Ambassador tomorrow morning.*]
And please help us by forwarding the Sign-On Appeal below to your
friends, co-workers, relatives, unions, organizations ... and beyond.
The French authorities have had to return to the negotiating table. This
is a first step forward. Clearly, their intent to break the general
strike by attacking the Gosier barricade on February 16 did not work; it
only enraged the mobilized population, whose "people power" and
determination forced the local authorities to release all the detained
activists from jail.
The international solidarity movement is a key battlefield in this
struggle. If we can focus the eyes of working people the world over on
this struggle in Guadeloupe, if we can expand our solidarity, we could
very well help the workers and people of Guadeloupe win their heartfelt
demands. We must!
We thank you again for your support.
*Ed Rosario* and* Alan Benjamin*,
For the ILC
International Liaison Committee of Workers & Peoples (ILC)
P.O. Box 40009, San Francisco, CA 94140.
Tel. (415) 641-8616; fax: (415) 626-1217.
To SUB/ UNSUBSCRIBE, contact ILC at <ilcinfo at earthlink.net>
website: ILC section in www.owcinfo.org
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