Procedures against union delegates are increasing, between summons to the gendarmerie, legal proceedings and dismissals

Two months after the summoning of the general secretary of the National Federation of Mines and Energy, Sébastien Menesplier, to the Montmorency gendarmerie (Val-d’Oise), a new member of the CGT confederal office is summoned in turn at the Pontoise gendarmerie (Val-d’Oise) Friday December 8. All the department’s union organizations called for a support rally at the same time. Coming from public finances, co-secretary of the CGT departmental union, Myriam Lebkiri was hand-delivered her summons to her home, as was Marc Roudet, also from the CGT of Val-d’Oise, summoned at the same time.

What they are accused of is still unclear. The document that Myriam Lebkiri extracts from her “union repression” file mentions facts of “slight damage to a property by registration” And “threat, violence or act of intimidation against a public elected official with a view to making him perform or refrain from performing an act of his function, mission or mandate”. But without detailing them. “It’s probably the result of action during the pension reform. But which ? We made “casserolades”, a lot of collages with protest messages such as “No to 49.3”, “we will not let you go”, around the offices of deputies who supported the reform, which we surrounded with toilet paper, or in front of the Medef in Argenteuil [Val-d’Oise]. But nothing that targets elected officials personally or that involves organized crime”she believes.

These actions which she describes as “childish things” could they not have been considered threatening by one of the targeted elected officials? “I don’t think so at all. For me, it is a political will to use any pretext to make a punitive example, to scare people, it’s dramatic”she replies.

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This is because, according to the CGT, his case is far from isolated. In a letter sent Tuesday, December 5 to the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, the general secretary of the CGT, Sophie Binet, denounces “a context of anti-union repression unprecedented since the post-war period”, with procedures opened against at least 17 general secretaries of CGT organizations who are individually accused of actions “decided collectively”And “more than 1,000 CGT activists” currently being prosecuted in court.

“Always excuses”

“It is becoming commonplace to be summoned by the courts, and for bizarre reasons: graffiti on a wall, a clinic covered in toilet paper. When we are in a conflict, it is normal for there to be conflict, but threats, physical attacks, serious damage, all of this is excluded from our union repertoire.insists Sophie Binet to the World. If, while a government is passing through the National Assembly, we can no longer even go to the office to say that we do not agree, what do we have left? This is a sign of the times because, for neoliberalism, democracy is a problem. » Neither Matignon, nor Renaissance, nor Medef responded to requests from World.

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