Domotique Elie: "The movement is not about to stop" LeMonde.fr 27.02.09 16h11 • Mis à jour le 27.02.09 22h05 HRIS:
Are you satisfied with the results last night?
Overall, yes. This applies only to employees of member companies' organizations. We will implement a procedure to extend the Agreement to all employees of Guadeloupe in the coming days. Julien: The agreement shows that your claim to a higher wage of 200 euros was realistic.
Why do you think employers and the government have taken so long to recognize it?
Certainly to avoid contagion in France. gwada97190:
Do you think that the heads of small businesses Guadeloupe will recover from this strike?
Yes, indeed they have made the proposals to end the crisis. It always speaks of the consequences of the general strike on the economy, but if everyone had negotiated at the outset, it could resolve the conflict in less than ten days. gwada97190:
How small artisans ensure they can pay this month, when they were prevented from working for over a month?
If the companies had negotiated at the outset, the problem could be resolved in five days. sidney97180: How will following the movement if Medef is not attached to the signing of an agreement? Elie Domotique: Medef is 450 firms and less than 4 000 employees. Do not give it more importance than it a. On the other hand, the agreement is quite good and valid. As I said in the coming days, we will seek its extension to all companies in Guadeloupe, including those adhering to Medef. And I recall that this agreement was concluded in the presence of the prefect and under the mediation of four directors at work, including two envoys of Mr Fillon himself.
Chloe: Why Medef will he sign the agreements?
Because Medef members refuse to pay wage increases, while they have the means.
Loulou: You said that you fought with Willy Angèle. This altercation threat does the negotiations?
It is an attempt of employers to torpedo the negotiations. Unfortunately for Angel, his knowledge of labor law are very limited. He thought that the lack of Medef and friends could prevent the negotiation to take place. BHM: If your demands are met, that would become the LKP? Elie Domotique: For now, the claims have been split into three levels: the immediate demands, which we are currently linked to purchasing power. The LKP is not intended to disappear. We also have claims relating to training and employment. We are now the only region of France where there is no training center type AFPA (Association nationale pour la formation professionnelle des adultes). The youth unemployment rate exceeds 60%. Each year, nearly 1 000 young people leaving school without qualifications. We also have claims relating to environmental protection. All these topics will be addressed in the medium term.
libeerte_971 Think you can pay for strike days? Who should pay? Elie Domotique: For now, this issue has not yet been addressed. guadalupe: Do you not fear an inflationary spiral, companies seeking to raise prices to restore margins in exchange for salary increases granted?
If companies increase their prices, it is unclear who will buy their products. I do not think this is the best solution. Should provide boost consumption through lower prices. dan: Many companies are in big trouble file for bankruptcy and the number of unemployed may explode in Guadeloupe. How do you see the future? Elie Domotique: The number of unemployed has always been explosive here. Guadeloupe, a 40% unemployment last fifty years. I believe that all public policies (laws Perben, Girardin, etc..) Were a failure because they have been to give money to patrons, particularly for large employers. To date, no report, no audit can not tell us where these exemptions are gone, what was the tax, and how many jobs have created these policies there. anonymous: The local economy is heavily based on tourism.
The extension of the movement might there not to cripple the island's economy?
Not. Indeed, many public funds channeled through tourism. But ultimately this is neither to develop tourism or to develop Guadeloupe. This allows only a small number to save lots of money in the pockets. Let's change. We must develop a real policy to promote tourist destinations Guadeloupe and develop a luxury tourism, and not do in Santo Domingo or Cuba, for example.
gwada: After the agreement this morning, the general strike is suspended?
Not yet. We have an appointment with the Head this afternoon to discuss the other points on the lower prices for staple foods: bread, water and transportation, among others.
Doudou: After the announcement made by Nicolas Sarkozy, what do you expect from his next visit to the Caribbean?
Nothing. Mr Sarkozy does what he wants, but this is not a visit that will solve the problem.
Lajos: What is your position on a possible independence of Guadeloupe?
Currently the platform LKP does not pose a question on autonomy or independence. The people of Guadeloupe choose its own destiny when the time comes. As against the problem of economic autonomy, and especially food production through agricultural arises. It is a real and serious problem. And that is why in the platform of the LKP, there is a section devoted to agricultural production and food self-sufficiency.
rene: Guadeloupe did not also a problem of anti-white racism? Elie Domotique:
I invite you to come in and see. Anyone who has tried to belittle this movement went on two grounds: that of racism and the independence. But these are not the claims of LKP. Lo: What is your position on the situation Martinican? Elie Domotique: What happened was predictable in Martinique. The problems in Guadeloupe and Martinique are similar. We are in regular contact with our friends from Martinique.
alain: Do you think your struggles are "exportable" to other DOM, even in France?
I do not think the term "export" is appropriate, but the struggles that are conducted here, the problems that are encountered here are experienced by other workers in the world, even if some differences.
Doudou: What reactions you inspire the "recovery" of your action by José Bové, Olivier Besancenot and Ségolène Royal?
The word "recovery" is a bit much. I do not think anyone can get the movement of the LKP.
patoo971: How do you see the post-movement? Do you think enough to actually change things in Guadeloupe in the long term?
The movement is not about to stop. As I said, the LKP is designed to last.
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