As France’s summer vacations juddered to an end, Jean-Claude Mailly, Secrétaire général of Force ouvrière, or FO, announced continued action against the reforms of the country’s labor code. With an independently-estimated 300,000 members in a workforce of 22 million or so, FO is the country’s third-biggest labor union.
A coalition of unions, including FO, began street protests and random micro-strikes, especially in transportation, in the early spring. These had petered out by the start of the summer but spokespersons were vowing to continue actions in the fall. The summer holidays are the traditional moment for dropping controversies deemed politically necessary but otherwise senseless. That is, most, if not all, official “social conflicts”.
Possibly speaking for the anti-reform coalition, Jean-Claude did not specify how or whose political fortunes might be held hostage and/nor what occasional harassments might be visited on commuters, nor when or where any of these might happen if they should happen.
Was Jean-Claude talking about real street protests and strikes or was he all metaphor and allegory, thinking only of meanie-beanie catcalls in the direction of recalcitrant parliamentarians and talking sour grapes to the scribblers and talking heads?
However it may be, the pronouncement was enough to make one remember the distinctly un-delicious frisson of hearing, on a dark and deserted suburban train platform, that “in the context of ongoing industrial action by a certain category of staff” the last train had been abruptly cancelled, leaving one stranded in the context of one’s perhaps foolish, possibly disastrous, break up with Karine.
In two contexts, then, Jean-Claude was also reminding his hearers that one later would somehow learn, perhaps in the newspaper, but also surely gabbled from a television or radio, that if proof of it were to exist, the cause of the lonely midnight frisson might very well be laid at the door of non-specified union sympathizers somewhere, somewhere presumably vital, who likely probably localized on the clogged Northern freight periphery and were likely blocking transnational thru-traffic most probably in the environs of the Southeast corridor spur. But other scenarios were highly possible.
Opposition to labor law reform, one would further learn, might, perhaps, have had something to do with all this. Gawd.
But why, Jean-Claude? Why? Why must one finish up the long vacation with such memories? What can the motives be? Indeed, why and wherefore, from February to June, all these trillions of pounds psi of revolutionary rhetoric, protest marches and harassing micro-strikes, all against a law that had already passed parliament in the context of years of debate and discussion?
In the context of loneliness as well as confronted with Jean-Claude, one has been able to see that the whys and wherefores of much of French politics, as for those of any country, may only be grokked, never understood.
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Just two days back, for instance, Jean-Claude blithely declared that that day’s public demonstration against labor-law reform marked the end of anti-labor reform demonstrations.
The primly hirsute 50-something husband and father concluded his remarks by insisting that, in the face of parliament’s stubborn refusal to un-enact its previously enacted reforms to existing labor law, the stand-down was “not necessarily a failure”.
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