Sunday, February 15, 2009

Guadaloupe: the people on strike.Les gens sur la grève. "L' MONDE< Paris.




No compromise on the horizon overseas
LeMonde.fr With AFP, Reuters | 15.02.09 | 07h57 • Mis à jour le 15.02.09 | 20h20

almost a new event, Saturday, the "collective against exploitation" (LKP), led to the conflict that has paralyzed Guadeloupe, calls for an expansion of the movement this week, asking the government to respect its commitments regarding wage increases. Response, through the Social Council of the Elysée, Raymond Soubie: "the subject of wages was the discussion between the social partners (...) The State can not substitute for enterprises." On site, the negotiations have stalled and agitation won the Martinique, Guyana and Reunion.

At Pointe-à-Pitre, local governments have proposed, on Saturday, the grant for a few months of a "wage premium" of 100 euros monthly for employees receiving less than 1.4 times the SMIC. A measure rejected by the leader Elie Domotique LKP (read the article LKP refuses the proposals of local authorities). "The movement does not steam, it expands," warned Mr. Domotique, requesting that the government respect the "commitments" in terms of increase in low wages on the basis of a Memorandum of Understanding dated February 8. It has also hardened its tone by accusing the state of wanting to "kill Guadeloupean" sending reinforcements gendarmes. On the spot, no incidents have been reported, but before establishing a policeman said fears of a "hardening". "There is no need to call for tougher movement, said Charlie Lando, a member of the LKP. It hardens of itself."

In Martinique, paralyzed for 10 days, several MPs were invited to "loosen the stranglehold" of the strike. The group leading the movement has left the talks Saturday after a dispute with major retailers. Saturday, the movement has spread to La Reunion. One hundred demonstrators broke into a hypermarket in Saint-Denis, distributing leaflets against the living.

Policies increase the tracks to try to defuse the crisis. PS MP Arnaud Montebourg, who traveled with a delegation PS to the meeting, request the State to take "exceptional measures", noting a "dangerous gap between the lack of State and the situation urgency of a population. " "The government must move", he said, while Senator David Assouline, another member of the delegation, warned against "the risk of'embrasement" if nothing is done.

Raymond Soubie, social counselor at the Elysée, has responded by stressing that the conflict in Guadeloupe on wages "was the discussion between the social partners". "The state has done everything he should do, as do the local communities (...) The rest, wage negotiations, is a matter between employers and unions," he explained during Sunday Evening issuing policy France Inter-Le Monde-iTélé. He also believed that increased salaries would "a burden too great, so instant companies" which "could tip the whole economy of the island and thus lead to more unemployment."

The French overseas departments will be discussed at the social gathering organized by the Elysée on 18 February. Mr. Soubie said it will lead to "decisions" but also to "negotiation process" in order to "assist victims of the crisis and greater justice." In addition, the Secretary of State for Overseas, Yves Jégo, assured that the bill for economic development overseas will be "rehabilitated" in order to "support the most vulnerable ". The text will be presented to Parliament on 10 March, according to Secretary of State for Human Rights, Rama Yade. Ms Yade, who defended the government's action in this matter, has likewise stressed the "serious illness" which is manifested in the DOM.

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