The Government of France has proposed to the unions set a meeting for next weekin which the two parties will foreseeably present their respective positions in relation to the controversial pension reform approved by the president, Emmanuel Macron.
The Prime Minister’s Office, Elizabeth Bornehas sent an invitation to the main unions that raises possible appointments on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. According to sources close to the leader, “no agenda has been set,” reports the BFMTV channel.
The leader of the French Democratic Confederation of Labor (CFDT), Laurent Berger, has made it clear that they will carry their recurring complaints about the new law under their arms. “Can you imagine that at a time of very strong protest against the pension reform, the representatives of the trade union organizations were going to talk about something else with the Prime Minister?”, She has raised in an interview with Franceinfo.
Despite this, the intersindical has called for the jThursday, April 6, another day of general strike before “the lack of response from the Executive”, something that, in the opinion of the main French unions, “leads to a situation of tensions”.
This meeting takes place one day after a tense day of strike and after ten days of protests against said reform. The protests of the day this Tuesday, in which the unions had called for a general strike, resulted in 201 arrests throughout the country and 175 police officers injuredas confirmed by the country’s Interior Minister, Gérald Darmanin.
Through a message on his Twitter account, Darmanin thanked the 13,000 agents who mobilized to control this tenth day of protests, which brought together 740,000 people according to the authorities and more than two million according to unions, reports ‘Le Monde’.
On Tuesday, in the tenth day of strikes called since January, thousands of people took to the streets again -450,000, according to unions, or 93,000, according to the Government.
The constitutionality of the reform will be resolved on April 14
The Constitutional Council of France has informed this Wednesday that it will pronounce on April 14 on the pension reform. Thus, the ruling will come just one week from the April 21 deadline established for the Constitutional Council to issue its verdict in this regard, according to information from the newspaper ‘Le Figaro’.
Macron, for his part, continues to defend the reform and assures that it is “necessary”, for which he is confident that it will finally enter into force this year. The text raises the retirement age from 62 to 64 and extends the minimum contribution period. Macron has explained in an interview with TF1 and France 2 that he has not undertaken these changes for “pleasure”, but to guarantee the survival of the pension system: “I would have preferred not to do it”.
The president, who awaits the evaluation of the law by the Constitutional Council to promulgate it, explained that, when it entered the labor market, France had barely ten million pensioners and, by the 2030s, “there will be 20 million”. .
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