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Pensions: opponents back on the street against an executive still as determined

Paris (AFP)

The unions are organizing the eighth national interprofessional day of mobilization on Wednesday, which marks time against pension reform, the severe warning from the Council of State did not shake the determination of the executive.

This day of demonstrations comes as the two bills, one organic, the other ordinary, started their journey in the National Assembly after their adoption Friday in the Council of Ministers. Discussions in the Hemicycle are scheduled to start on February 17.

Opponents of the text, who had already mobilized in the street Friday (between 249,000 people according to the Interior Ministry and 1.3 million according to the CGT) were exhilarated by the publication Friday of a particularly critical opinion of the council of State, which regretted not having had the time to "guarantee legal certainty as best as possible" of the reform project. The highest French administrative court criticized the use of 29 orders that "lose overall visibility", and pointed to "incomplete" financial projections.

"An assumed choice of the government" to write "as and when the consultations succeed," defended Agnès Buzyn, the Minister of Health.

Edouard Philippe, arrested on several occasions Tuesday in the Assembly, again defended the reform and its impact study, "very complete". "I never thought that this reform would be simple because the subject is indeed complicated," acknowledged the Prime Minister.

Laurent Berger, the general secretary of the CFDT, however favorable to a universal system of pensions by points, regretted the "bias" of this study which is based on an age of balance at 65 years. "We have been asking for figures for months and months. There we have them and they are very questionable," he said.

- "Amateurism" -

The opinion of the Council of State gave arguments to the opponents of the reform. "It's been months that the government is preparing to pass a vague reform, unfounded and only argued by the need to save," reacted Monday in Humanity Philippe Martinez, the secretary general of the CGT. For his counterpart of Force Ouvrière, Yves Veyrier, "the government has absolutely no control over its subject".

The two leaders have been leading the sling against the reform since December 5, with Solidaires, the FSU and youth organizations (Unef, MNL, UNL), behind this eighth day of strikes and demonstrations. This time, the CFE-CGC is not associated with the mobilization.

Also on the political side, opposition parliamentarians are stepping up. Four opposition groups (LR, PS, LFI and PCF) asked for a referral to the Constitutional Council on the impact study, deemed "incomplete and insincere".

The Communist deputies presented a counter-project, envisaging a reduction of the legal retirement age to 60 years. And LR deputies called for "a new and real bill", denouncing the government's "haste" and "amateurism".

As for the Senate, a right-wing majority, it asked for the lifting of the accelerated procedure.

But the strikes are running out of steam, even stopping, including in transport, the spearhead of the movement. RATP and SNCF traffic will thus be "almost normal" on Wednesday.

In particular, there are ports and docks, which call for a 24-hour strike. And in the waste sector, the CGT Energie renewed until February 3 the shutdown of the three Parisian incineration plants decided last Thursday, forcing Syctom, which treats the waste of 6 million Ile-de-France residents, to "manage the day the day "with other centers processing 6,000 tonnes of garbage.

This new day comes on the eve of the installation by Edouard Philippe of the financing conference, within which the social partners must reflect by the end of April on means to guarantee the financial balance of the pension system from here 2027.

The intersyndicale meets Wednesday evening to decide on the continuation of the movement, but actions are already planned for Thursday and Friday.

For their part, the professional firefighters unions announced Tuesday evening the end of their mobilization after announcements from the Ministry of the Interior, notably concerning the maintenance of their retirement system.

© 2020 AFP

Source: france24

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