Charter of Amiens

Amiens, 8-16 of October 1906
samedi 20 janvier 2007
par  CSR

This text is the basis of Revolutionary-Syndicalism in France. It was voted by 830 delegates - only 8 voted against and one blanc.
This means that Revolutionary-Syndicalism was supported by most of unionists in France as a tool and strategy to unify workers to overthrow capitalism.
This text is so important that even burocrats must refere to it as the historic principes of uninism in France. They don’t apply them of course.

The Congress of Amiens reaffirms Article 2 of the CGT statutes, which says : "The CGT unites, regardless of political belief, all workers conscious of the struggle to be carried on for the disappearance of the wage system and the employing class."
The Congress believes that this declaration is a recognition of the class struggle which, in the economic realm, places the workers in revolt against all forms of capitalist exploitation and oppression, material and moral.

The Congress clarifies this theoretical affirmation by the following specific points :
In its day-to-day demands, the union movement seeks the coordination of workers’ efforts, the increase of workers’ well-being by the achievement of immediate gains, such as the shortening of hours, the raising of wages, and so forth.

This effort, however, is only one side of the work of the union movement. It prepares for the complete emancipation which can be achieved only by expropriating the capitalist class. It endorses the general strike as a means of action to that end. It holds that the trade union, which is today a fighting organization, will in the future be an organization for production and distribution, and the basis of social reorganization.

The Congress declares that this double task, the day-to-day task and that of the future, arises from the position of wage earners, which weighs upon the working class and creates for all workers, regardless of their political or philosophical opinions or attachments, the duty to belong to their basic organization, the trade union.

As far as the individual member is concerned, therefore, the Congress affirms his complete liberty to take part, outside of his union, in whatever forms of action correspond to his philosophical or political views. It merely asks him not to bring up in the union the opinions he holds outside it.

As for affiliated organizations, the Congress declares that, since economic action must be directed at the employers if the union movement is to attain its full results, the unions should not concern themselves with the parties and sects which, outside and parallel with the unions, may in their own free way strive for social transformation.

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