Why Laurent Berger misses the mark

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.

First, by constantly giving her opinion on what does not concern her (immigration, territorial organization, use of 49-3 …) Then, by zealously embracing the eschatological and penitential vision of the ecologists, even borrowing their dubious sabir: the head of the CFDT called (with, among others, the foundation of Nicolas Hulot) for an “ecological and social conference on the power of living” (sic) with the objective of “rethinking our development model” (just that !) then launched the #construisonsdemain operation to “build the post-Covid-19” – which requires, according to a Shepherd with Pikettyian accents (to whom no one has apparently told that France is already the world tax champion and redistribution), “a contribution from the richest and from big business”.

Gone are the unionism in the field, the contractual and the reasonable, this famous “responsible unionism”! Carried away by an unbridled lyricism, the CFDT is obviously not afraid of the coercive dimension of ecology à la Hulot and, if it has not yet officially pronounced the word “degrowth”, it is not very far from it. When a powerful CGT annexed to a Communist Party subjugated to Moscow dominated the landscape, the danger was in the East – but, with the CFDT of 2020, tapped by a quasi-revolutionary romanticism, the risk is rather to end up, as we say… completely in the West! Above all, the CGT had, with all its faults, the great merit of having a positive approach to production. Laurent Berger’s central looks at it with suspicion – as if the good of the citizen could be done against his status as a worker! In a sense, the CFDT is today what the CGT was fifty years ago: “the useful idiot” of the enemies of reason and freedom.