In the field of “social”, the major fact of the last twenty years is the replacement of the CGT by the CFDT as the first union force. A reformist organization in place of a stubborn central having often flirted with violence (homophobia as a bonus on Saturday, May 9 in a tweet): this is, it will be said, good news! The truth is unfortunately less encouraging. As it gained the ascendancy, the CFDT has indeed drifted towards a silly anti-capitalism which does not bring anything good, neither to the public debate, nor to the employees.
The “societal” ambition of Laurent Berger’s power station is not new. Born in 1964 from a split from the CFTC (from which it carried off the bulk of the troops), the CFDT was then de-confessionalized without however abjuring a form of messianism. The pants of “Christian social morality” have been thrown to the ground, but the prophetic dimension of original Christianity… piously preserved. The seventies logically saw the CFDT flirt with the semi-beatnik leftism of the time (Larzac and “Living and working in the country”), a cousin of a certain social Catholicism, but also with absurd self-management ideas borrowed from Tito. Edmond Maire and then Nicole Notat allowed that, despite some dubious enthusiasm (such as the Christlike “sharing of work”, a concept unfortunately then inoculated to politicians), the CFDT averted its extra-union temptations.
Not very far from the decrease
For ten years now, she has succumbed again to her demons.