The pension reform project will be officially presented on Tuesday 10 January. The right says it is ready to vote under conditions. The unions are preparing to take to the streets.
The countdown has begun on both the government’s and the trade unions’ side. Final touches on executive pension reform, preparing the troops to demonstrate for the unions.
The Pensions Act will be presented on Tuesday 10 January by Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne. The last arbitration proceedings with Emmanuel Macron took place on Friday at the Elysée. Between 64 and 65 years, it is the hypothesis of a postponement of the legal age from 62 to 64 years, which has apparently been retained, according to the Parisian, with an extension of the contribution period. This deferral would take place at a rate of three months per generation to reach retirement at age 64 for people born from 1968, according to opinion.
The government plans to implement its reform through an amended Social Security Financing Act (PLFSSR) in order to move quickly. Minimum retirement, long careers or the difficult nature of the professions may be part of the amendments which will be debated in the National Assembly from February 6 to the end of March. The management wants the pension reform to come into effect after the summer.
LR ready to vote for the reform
In order to adopt the reform, the government must have a majority. He will be able to count on the Republicans. The new head of the right Eric Ciotti reports in the Sunday newspaper that his party will vote for the pension reform. The conditions it set out are met: retirement at age 64 in 2032, combined with extension of the contribution period, minimum pension of €1,200 for current pensioners and future pensioners and taking into account long and difficult careers.
No to the postponement to 64 years, says the CFDT
Retire later? Barred for the CFDT, which is often a privileged trade union negotiator for the government. CFDT General Secretary Laurent Berger confirms that “the proposed age measure is the toughest of the last thirty years”. In an interview with Parisian. If he recognizes that there is an imbalance, he ensures that the arrears system is not in danger of disappearing.
The unions are preparing for the showdown
The government knows it: its pension reform will cause many French to demonstrate in the coming weeks. The unions meet on Tuesday evening to agree on a joint date. Even the CFDT is ready to participate. The CGT is already calling for a parade on Thursday 12 January. Force Ouvrière warned a few days ago BFM TV by the voice of its Secretary General Frédéric Souillot: “If for Emmanuel Macron it is the mother of reforms, for us it will be the mother of struggles”. La Nupes, for its part, has planned to parade across France on January 21.
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It is precisely the LFI deputy from the Somme who draws up a rather alarming observation of the situation in France. “We are coming out of two years of the Covid crisis, where the French are worn out, tired, agitated. Behind us we have the war in Ukraine, wages that do not rise at the same time as prices”. He continues: “We have a president who is re-elected without momentum, without enthusiasm. (…) It is on this extremely narrow basis, on this non-existent social basis, that they intend to pass a reform against three quarters . of French”. And to ask: “Do you really think that the priority today is the pension deficit in 2040?”, he wondered in the program “Quelle époque” d. France 2 Saturday night.
The head of the CFDT warns Elisabeth Borne: “Attention, Madam Prime Minister, today there are many social tensions, many social difficulties, anxiety, conflicts, many negative feelings in the population”.