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Commercial workers demonstrate in Paris against pension reform


In a sector where low wages are legion and part-time workers are the rule, they fear pension reform

Balance on pensions? (illustration) - JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN / AFP

Several hundred employees of commerce and services demonstrated Wednesday in Paris from Saint-Lazare station to the Opera against a pension reform in which they will be "all losers" according to Amar Lagha, secretary general of the CGT Commerce. “We have 80% women in distribution and many are part-time taxed and earn between 600 or 800 euros per month. The calculation of retirement over the entire career will penalize them, because they often spend full time only at the end of their career, "he explains.

Martine, saleswoman at Damart, earns 800 euros per month for twenty-four hours a week and wonders about her retirement: "The government tells us about a minimum pension of 1,000 euros but it is for a full career, not for part-time like us, "she says. "I did not choose part-time, I was unemployed for a year and I took what I found," she says.

Low wages are the rule

Vilma, also a saleswoman, raised her children and worked only from the age of 40, she expects a tiny pension and fears that the new rules on reversion, in the event of the husband's death, would disadvantage her for the benefit of the new wife. "I am a loser in all cases," she fears. Many textile employees (Pimkie, Camaïeu, Promod, Jacadi, Okaidi, etc.) came from Roubaix as Peggy, an employee at Happychic where a PES of 466 job cuts is underway.

Collective catering (Compass, Sodexo) and the security sector are also very represented in the event, with a lot of part-time and very low wages. Josselin and Ridwan, security guards, say "calculating the full career will be a disaster" in an industry where low wages are the rule. “I met a colleague from Securitas who was sleeping in the tent for lack of accommodation. Staying in Paris when you earn just over 1,000 euros a month is impossible, ”says Josselin.


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What new forms of mobilization after the strike against pension reform?

  • Trade
  • Pension reform
  • Retirement
  • Demonstration
  • Economy

Source: 20minf

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