Combat du Peuple Parisien: Socialists in Paris (1848)

On the 25th February 1848 socialists in Paris secure a decree which proclaims that the newly formed Provisional Government will undertake to provide opportunities for paid work for all citizens and recognise workers rights to “combine in order to enjoy the legitimate benefits of their labour.

“The Government of the French Republic binds itself to guarantee the livelihood of the workers by providing work … it will guarantee work for all citizens. It recognises that workers may organise in order to enjoy the profits of their labour.”

A system of “National Workshops” is instituted in relation to this guarantee of “labour to every citizen”.

These revolutionary developments are orchestrated by a radical section of the population of Paris without the support of the French provinces.

After winning the recognition of the rights to work and to combine the socialistic radicals of Paris further urges the actual adoption of the red flag of socialism whilst those supportive of constitutional republicanism preferred to re-adopt the red, white, and blue, “Tricolour” flag that had been adopted in the early days of the French Revolution of 1789.

It is a struggle that continues…


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