Success and pitfalls of a large-scale union organizing strategy. The case of the CFDT
Special report: Trade unionization in FranceBy Cécile Guillaume, Sophie Pochic
In France, the CFDT is known to have promoted a strong policy of recruitment and organizing since the late 1980’s. This action has sustained a continuous growth of its membership until 2000. However, the will to develop a participatory union model is constrained by the oligarchic nature of the organization and the strength of union internal selection. Formal participation and access to full-time positions is not only linked to personal dedication, but requires a wide range of skills and aptitudes that can be quite detrimental for less-qualified members.