Short Explanation of what is the CSR

mardi 2 janvier 2007
par  CSR

Salut tout le monde,

I’m from the CSR in France. I’m glad to see people inerested in french Unionist movement.
I would like to share some facts with you to explain what we are (the CSR) and our links with the other revolutionaries.

CSR was created by unionists from CNT-F Vignoles and from SUD. Comrades involved in CNT-F where thinking this organisation could be the structure to coordinate Revolutionary-Syndialists in the union movement in France. Some anarcho-syndicalists (the more sectarians and masked leaders obviously) refused this open door and maintained a philosophical line against a solidarity class line in CNT-F. Nowadays CNT-F remains the intellectual shelter of students and workers who are afraid of mass and class unionism, afraid to really fight bosses in enterprises. They prefer being some revolutionaries all together without changing conditions for the majority of the working class.

The founders of CSR decided to leave CNT-F in 1996-1998 but some supporters of CSR are still members of CNT-F.
More and more members of CSR are now in CGT, the main class union in france.
Of course we are not thousand, or Revolution would be done yet.
Since the creation of CSR, we have worked a lot to know our own history. CGT before the first World War was the Revolutionary Union. 2006 is the birtday of the "Charte d’Amiens". This is a text voted with a enormous majority of the CGT in 1906 (100 years ago almost like IWW) that say that union must defend workers now and prepare workers control on society in the same time. These goals are always our goals today.

In ten years we have learnt much more things about union strategy. Revolutionary CGT was built on territorial union solidarity structure called "Bourses du Travail" or "Local Unions" today.
Our main task is to recreate or reinforce CGT "Local Unions" in France. We have some succes in that experience. We need to make this job to reorganise working class in France who have been defeated since 30 years in France (precarity, unemployement, privatisations, retirement and health assurances attacked...).

The experience of CGT in France before 1914 is very interesting because theirs militants (some anarchists but mostly members of Social Party not agree with the electoralist line) were able to coordinate their forces to developp a mass and revolutionary in France.

The influence of Revolutionary Unionism remains strong during years. The CSR were created after the first World War to change the direction of CGT. The bureaucrats had collaborated with governement to send workers being killed on the war battlefields.
The CSR were the majority but the bureaucrats and a small conspirationist anarcho-syndicalist group "the Pacte" who took places in the CSR with "boring from within" method organized the split of the CGT union.

The Russian Revolution and his myth make the majority of revolutionary-syndicalists to involved in french Communist Parties like in all over the world. Soon some Revolutionary-Syndicalists understood the error of the involvement in CPs but RSyndicalism was divided. Monatte and others were banned from CP in 1924 and created "Syndicalist Ligue" and his newspaper "Proletarian Revolution". Lots of CP unionist remains R-Syndicalist fighting for union independance.

It the reason why they created the "Cercle Syndicaliste Lutte de Classe" after the general strike with factories occupations in 1936.
The nowadays CSR in France is note directly the child of these RS movements but we are their practical children and we are also interested in the international experiences like IWW and RILU (Red International of Labor Unions).

I hope these little explanations are interesting and we are ok to answer questions as our work give us enough time.

Kaou for the CSR

Commentaires  forum ferme

samedi 9 juin 2007 à 16h04

Hello and please excuse me for writing in english only.

For those of you interested in the history of building an anarcho-syndicalist internation, please see "The Workers Themselves" : Revolutionary Syndicalism and International Labour, 1913-1923" by Wayne Thorpe. This book is quite interesting and provides a pretty good persepctive why the anarcho-syndicalists chose not to be part of the RILU.