At the Fête de l’Humanité, Roussel wants “manpower and no allowances”

At the Fête de l’Humanité, Roussel wants “manpower and no allowances”

The leader and former presidential candidate of the PCF, Fabien Roussel, declared at the Fête de l’Humanité on Friday that “the left must defend work and not be the left of allowances and social minima”.

In welcoming journalists to the party’s new headquarters in Brétigny-sur-Orge in Essonne, the re-elected MEP expressed pride at having won one of the “15 strongest far-right constituencies”, namely Saint-Amand-les-Eaux near Valenciennes.

“To be saved, I had to listen… There are speeches (on the left) that voters don’t get,” stressed Fabien Roussel.

So “the French talk to us about assistantships, telling us that they work and that they (the beneficiaries of the social minimum, editor’s note) don’t work,” he added.

“The left must defend work and wages and must not be the left of allowances, social minima and replacement income,” said the communist. “I am not for a France of RSA and unemployment,” he stressed.

“It is true that part of the population has not followed the left” and it is necessary “to restore their confidence”, responded PS First Secretary Olivier Faure. But a “republic of work” is not incompatible with “the protection of unemployment insurance”.

“We must not oppose those who are employed and those who are not,” said Léa Balage El-Mariky, Julien Bayou’s right-hand man at EELV. “We Greens want to promote something other than emancipation through gainful employment,” she added.

Fabien Roussel declared he was against a measure defended by Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s La France insoumise, with which they are allied in the New People’s Ecological and Social Union (Nupes): “I do not share the job guarantee proposal, we will cut us from the world of work that works hard!”

In his presidency program, Jean-Luc Mélenchon proposed a job guarantee paid by the state in the fields of ecological change or social work at minimum wage for every voluntary long-term unemployed.

“The pursuit of full employment requires an employer state as a last resort,” LFI MP Danielle Simonnet defended to AFP.

“It’s not about raising the social minima, but getting out of the social minima,” agrees Mr. Roussel.

The national secretary of the PCF believed that the nupes should go in this direction and also “go beyond the four forces” (LFI, PS, EELV, PCF), particularly towards the social movements. Because “a man on the left who draws an overall positive balance from the general elections with 89 RN deputies has a bit of shit in his eyes”.


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