united, the unions ready to mobilize

The government must unveil the content of its pension reform on 10 January. If he continues to want to raise the legal leaving age, the unions promise to encourage people to take to the streets.

A postponement of the legal age to 65 or an increase to 64 accompanied by an acceleration of the Touraine reform? It doesn’t matter to the trade unions, which – it is quite rare to report it – unanimously dispute the philosophy of the management reform.

While the government must unveil its project on January 10, the representative organizations of the employees are already at the start to oppose this text in the streets. And they intend to show a united front until the end to give weight to their future call for mobilization:

“We want to do it together so much that none of us is going to say it alone on the radio or TV. That doesn’t mean we agree on everything, we don’t have the same approach. But we do’ I do not want this drop in the legal age,” said Laurent Berger.

“A very hard, very deep social conflict”

All the unions are already planning to meet right after the presentation of the reform, on January 10: “There will be announcements. In the process we will meet and advise (…). We will announce mobilizations together if it turns out as it is “, specified the head of the CFDT.

For his part, the general secretary of the CGT, Philippe Martinez, on Wednesday condemned a “dogmatic” pension reform that was decided “without taking into account the opinion of the unions, unanimous opinion” and predicted “significant mobilizations from this January”. At the end of his meeting with Elisabeth Borne, the manager of the Montreuil power plant said that he informed the Prime Minister “with a little humor (…) that she had achieved a feat: it was 12 years ago that the entire union organizations in this country had not united against reform”.

If, for his part, the president of the CFTC, Cyril Chabanier, mentioned “interesting” proposals from the government, in particular on the minimum pension, he regrets that the executive power “is deadlocked” on the issue of the decline in age, which he believes could lead to a “hot” January month. Same story at Unsa, whose Secretary General, Laurent Ecure, expects “a very tough, very deep social conflict”.

“We are meeting to say where and when. But there will be a mobilization and a strong mobilization. In addition to all the unions, a majority of the French are against a decrease in the retirement age. If we govern against his country, then it is nothing, what is needed. against the citizens and against the unions… It will not work”, added Frédéric Souillot, Secretary General of the Force Ouvrière. The mobilization “is being created, but it has not yet come to a standstill”, also confirms Dominique Corona, deputy secretary-general in Unsa with responsibility for pensions.

Activists ready to mobilize

The unions did not wait until the new year to prepare the answer. They have been criss-crossing France for weeks to mobilize their troops. In less than three months, FO made more than 180 trips to the regions. Dominique Corona, meanwhile, made a “tour of France on pensions” in December to discuss with activists and citizens, and the observation is clear: “I went to a few cities, a few regions. Everyone is on the same line: it is no” to the reform.

Some organizations have also posted videos on their website to prepare for the move, while others have stockpiled down jackets stamped with their logo.

Confidence seems to be in order: even before the year-end celebrations, when the organizations had met in multidisciplinary organizations to discuss the upcoming mobilizations, their representatives already ensured that the strike funds were sufficiently filled to block the country for several days and that the militants were gathered again to block. So much so that the issue at the time was not so much whether they would mobilize, but rather convincing them not to start too early, at the risk of spoiling the year-end celebrations, and seeing public opinion turn against them.

Paul Louis and Caroline Morisseau with AFP

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