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Because of Macron's pension reform project, the transport sector strike is continuing and unions threaten to escalate

2019-12-14T21:04:08.748Z



A public transport strike in France continues for the tenth day in a row, rejecting the pension reform project, amid fears it will continue over the Christmas period.

The rail and road transport unions announced their rejection of the freeze of the strike during the holidays, and considered that the government's withdrawal of the pension reform project would be the only reason to stop the general strike and return to work.

And saw the various bus transport lines in Paris on Saturday morning, a major disruption in flight times, and overcrowding with passengers, due to the suspension of all rail transport lines from service, and limiting its services to the lowest level.

In turn, the activists of the yellow jacket movement expressed their support for the trade unions in their general strike, and they raised slogans in Paris calling on President Emmanuel Macron to desist from prejudicing the social gains of the French people.

They demanded that the wealth tax that has been suspended since January last year be reimposed.

According to observers, the situation will not change on Sunday, and a "major turbulence" is also expected on Monday. Ten days before Christmas, there are no clear prospects for the end of the popular mobilization against the government's decision to retire.

And if the strike continues in the coming days, it will greatly affect the departure of the French to pass the leave, because returning the natural movement after the end of any movement takes several days.

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And Saturday, the general manager of the railway operator Rachel Picard, as quoted by "Le Parisien" newspaper, confirmed that "half of the passengers" will have trains to spend the holiday with their families.

On Friday, Prime Minister Edward Philippe asked the president of the operating company, Jean-Pierre Varando, to prepare a "transport plan" that would determine which trains would not be affected by the strike.

The ball is at the government
"If the government wants to end the conflict before the holidays, then it has the entire next week to make a wise decision that imposes itself: to withdraw from reform by item by item," rejecting any "truce," said Laurent Bron, general secretary of the Federation of Rail Trade Unions.

Opponents of the government's amendment to retire are preparing for a new mobilization day on Tuesday, at the invitation of staff unions and youth organizations.

The teachers have been participating strongly since the movement began, and on Friday they obtained a guarantee from the government for a reassessment of their salaries, a move that will cost around ten billion euros, but the government has not clarified its details.

The police suspended their move on Friday after the government maintained a special system for them to allow early retirement because of the "dangerous nature" of their job.

On Thursday evening, the Prime Minister called on the more anti-reform unions to consult "as soon as next week." But no information has yet been received on the union response, nor on the date of the meeting.

Nevertheless, the government insists on its position. On Friday, Philip confirmed that he "does not fear this reform at all, nor the reactions."

And after being silent since the conflict began, President Macron of Brussels defended what he considered "historic reform", denying that it was "a financial reform in the first place," says union organizations.

Source: aljazeera

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