The CFTC claims its usefulness in the union landscape

This Saturday 1is May, Éloi Schneider will not parade. “The foresters, we are rather loners: we do not have too much this culture of parading under the flags with all the folklore”, indicates the central union representative of the National Forestry Office (ONF), where the Christian union is in the majority. “We are less in the claim: we prefer to discuss and find solutions”, continues the one who has just joined the CFTC for its culture of “Always negotiate before”.

“The previous delegate spent a lot of time coming to meet people and that’s what attracted me”, he says, convinced that“Today it is very difficult to get someone to adhere to a union ideology: it is the contact that makes the membership”. Even if it means traveling hundreds of kilometers during his delegation hours to visit the ONF employees scattered in the massifs throughout France.

“As soon as you work with men and women, you have to take the time to listen to them”, abounds Pierre Fosse, three mandates of industrial tribunal advisor and today trainer for new members of the CFTC. “Of all the union activities that I have had, it is the prud’homie which allowed me the most to live this relationship”, he asserts. “We are the union for the dignity of the person”, insists the president of the CFTC, Cyril Chabanier.

“Before being a minister or a business leader, the one in front of us is a person who deserves trust and respect, but also a speech of truth, he explains. We are in a relationship that we want constructive. But if we feel that there is a risk of an attack on the dignity of people, then we can take to the streets or call for a strike. “

At the ONF, Éloi Schneider underlines the failure of the postures of demands vis-à-vis management. “We are well aware that it has little room for maneuver vis-à-vis the supervisory ministries, he confides. This is why we prefer to negotiate so that everything goes as well as possible. “

An attitude which allowed the CFTC to become the first union of the ONF, with 36% of the votes. Nationally, however, the figures are closer to 9%, just a point above 8% ensuring a union national representativeness allowing it to exist in negotiations. The 5.9% obtained in professional elections for very small companies is therefore a very bad result.

“But there were so few voters in these elections that this should not have an undue influence on the results of overall representativeness”, Cyril Chabanier points. These figures, which will take into account the elections in all companies, should be known by the end of the month and will set the scene for the next four years. “Even if there is a little more stress than for others, we should keep our representativeness”, assures the president of the CFTC for whom “Our big problem is the implantation”.

“When we are in a company, we score well, but we are far from being everywhere, which explains our average of 9%, he explains. The difficulty is to find the two or three people who will establish us on a site. Then, we realize that our way of doing unionism pleases and attracts. “

If the existence of a confessional union may appear outdated for some, even weakens, by breaking it up, the reformist pole composed with the CFDT and Unsa, for Cyril Chabanier, “The social-Christian compass” of the CFTC allows it to “To make a different unionism”. “Our ideas allow us to be often a spur of the reformist pole”, he maintains. And give the example of “The social utility of trades”. “Everyone laughed when we talked about it ten years ago”, he remembers. The Covid has been there: “Today I have two meetings a week on the social utility of second-line workers. »

The same goes for the family, another subject dear to the CFTC which has always paid particular attention to the relationship between professional and family life, brought back to the fore by the rise of teleworking. “This compass means that we don’t change our minds every five minutes based on opinion, he supports. It may sound old-fashioned, but I am convinced that it has pushed us to tackle for a long time very current themes. “

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