A last stand? A final bouquet? A hyphen between two sequences? While the government has published Official newspaperSunday, June 4, the first implementing decrees for the pension reformin particular those concerning the postponement of the legal age of departure from 62 to 64, the inter-union refuses to abdicate.
The eight main employee organizations and five youth defense movements are calling for a fourteenth national day of action, Tuesday June 6, to prove that the opposition to this age measure remains very strong.
The objective is also to put pressure on the National embly, forty-eight hours before a highly anticipated debate in the Chamber. Thursday, the bill of the Freedoms, Independents, Overseas and Territories (LIOT) group aimed at repealing the reform must be examined in session. But the hopes maintained by this text have fallen since its article 1errelating to the abolition of the shift in the age of entitlement to a pension, was challenged on May 31 during discussions in the Social Affairs Committee.
The unions, which resumed dialogue with the executive in mid-May, are also aware that the combativeness of the troops has waned after almost five months of struggle. Laurent Berger, the general secretary of the CFDT, recognizes moreover that he does not expect an influx “particularly mive”Tuesday, in the street, even if “employee anger” stay alive. However, the manager of the ceded plant insists on the need to “show that we are always present”. “It will not be the date too many”according to him, because she “will allow to weigh in the balance of power for all the negotiations which will open in the year”. But for his confederation, “this is clearly the last mobilization on pension reform”.
“No, it’s not the ‘der des der’”
His CFTC counterpart, Cyril Chabanier, is on a relatively similar line. “I don’t think there will be any other protests between now and the summer break”he confides, while displaying a form of caution because “discontent can very well start again”.
“There are a lot of unknowns”, argues Dominique Corona, Deputy Secretary General of the UNSA. According to him, the social climate, in the short term, will depend on the number of people in the processions on Tuesday, and the fate reserved for the LIOT group’s bill, which is likely to provoke new outbreaks of revolt in the population.
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