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Strikes in refineries, ports and electricity in France for pensions

Strikes in refineries, ports and electricity in France for pensions

Opposition to the pension reform of the President’s government French, Emmanuel Macronlives a new episode starting this Thursday with calls for strikes in some sectors such as refineries, electricity or ports.

On the eve of the second unitary call of all the French unions on the 31st, the strikes organized today, which for the most part should continue on Friday, have the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) behind them above all.

In his Twitter account, his section of the federation of mines and energy calls for “act and intensify the relationship of force” this Thursday and Friday before the 31st, a day for which the message is “everyone on strike and in the street”.

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The strikes in the electricity sector, as occurred last week, are expected to result in reductions in production at nuclear power plants (which in normal times provide 70% of the country’s current generation) or at hydroelectric plants.

In the refineries, although a total stoppage of their operation is not expected, what is possible is a blockade of entrances or exits.

In the ports, the CGT has called for 24-hour strikes, which in principle should not be prolonged.

The leaders of the eight large French unions wanted to stage this Wednesday, despite the divergent protest strategies, their unity before the National Assembly where next week the commission examination of the pension reform project will begin.

Laurent Berger, general secretary of the French Democratic Confederation of Labor (CFDT), made it clear once again that his center is not in favor of blockading the country, as appears to be the objective of the CGT, but agrees that the government he has to give up the central axis of his reform, delaying the minimum retirement age from 62 to 64 years.

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The great challenge for the unions is to mobilize massively again on the 31st as they did on January 19, when, according to the police, 1.1 million protesters took to the streets (more than 2 million, according to the CGT). .

For the following days, the CGT has again launched other calls for a strike in electricity and especially in the railway company SNCF on February 7 and 8.

Source: EFE

Source: Gestion

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