PARIS: Thursday’s sharply lower turnout in Paris was a sign of things to come strikes In France A bitterly opposed reform to pensions is currently being discussed in parliament. Union heads are hoping for more showdown To come.
Day five of the action against President Emmanuel MacronThe main measure of the reform is to raise the legal retirement date from 62 to 64. It aims at keeping the pressure on the government ahead of an even larger protest planned. March 7.
However, unlike other strike days, the Paris metro and mainline trains were operating normally as less workers took part during holidays in most of France.
According to education ministry statistics, only 8% of teachers went on strike last week. This is less than half the level.
EDF employees claimed they reduced the output of their state-controlled giant energy firm by more than 3000 megawatts. That’s equivalent to three nuclear power plant, and without any effect on supply.
Many hydroelectric plants were disconnected from the grid on Wednesday.
Thirty percent of Paris Orly flights were cancelled on Thursday
Across France, demonstrators carried signs and marched with them “retirement before arthritis” Oder “why not 69 years, if you’re going to screw us?”
According to police, they expect up to 650,000 people nationwide to protest after counting more than a million on Saturday. Unions however claim that the figure is closer to 2.5million.
The actions of Thursday were intended to “keep up the mobilisation” But they are against the reform “for today, the numbers aren’t so important”It was said Philippe MartinezAt a demonstration at Albi near Toulouse, he was the head of CGT union.
“After the school holidays, we’ll need to turn up the volume.”
According to polling, around 70% reject Macron’s plan for reforming the pension system. A Petition More than one million have signed the opposition to these reforms.
In an effort to derail debate in parliament, Left-wing opposition parties have filed thousands of amendments.
Uncertain if the lower house will debate its Article 7, that outlines the modification to the retirement-age, before Running out of time Friday
Unions wrote directly to legislators asking for them to reject the entire bill, and particularly Article 7.
A proposal to encourage companies to use older workers to work for them has already been rejected by parliament.
It is “a possible majority in the chamber to vote against” Philippe Brun, Socialist Member of Parliament, stated that the retirement age provision.
Aurore Berge, the leader in parliament of Macron’s centre right Renaissance party, stated that the left is not being taken seriously. “afraid of having a vote”She also said she was certain that the government would be given the needed support.
Macron also tried to inspire confidence by telling the cabinet that opposition parties had failed him on Wednesday “totally lost their way” The pensions fight.
However, the unions promise to bring forth their biggest day of activism. “bring France to a halt” On March 7.
“We’re going to block everything on March 7. Everything everywhere must stop,” Jean-Luc Melenchon was a former presidential candidate of the left-leaning France Unbowed party (LFI). He spoke at a march through Montpellier, south.
Unions debate whether they should shift to rolling. strikes After that, the Paris Metro workers and garbage collectors have already decided in favor.