Europe 1 with AFP 06:00, March 23, 2023

The inter-union has called for a new day of mobilization everywhere in France this Thursday against the pension reform and the use of 49.3 to get it adopted. Many sectors will be on strike, including transport, where major disruptions are expected.

New day of strike and mobilization against the pension reform this Thursday. A week after the use of 49.3 to adopt the text without a vote in the Assembly, opponents of the project will again beat the pavement everywhere in France to the call of the interunion. According to intelligence forecasts, they could be between 600,000 and 800,000 throughout the country. Many sectors will operate at a slower pace, including transportation, where many disruptions are expected to be in front of users.

Between 40 and 50% of strikers in primary schools

The first union in nursery and elementary schools, the Snuipp-FSU, expects strong mobilizations, this Thursday in many departments such as Bouches-du-Rhône, Pyrénées-Orientales or Haute-Vienne. In total, between 40 and 50 percent of teachers are expected to stop work on Thursday. The Ministry of National Education had recorded 42.35% of strikers in primary and 34.66% in secondary (middle and high schools). The unions had announced strike rates of 65% in the second degree and 70% in the primary.

What to expect in transport

Traffic promises to be very disrupted this Thursday in the Paris region's public transport. Several metro lines will only operate partially and only 1 RER out of 2 will run. On the SNCF side, the Intercités will almost all be at a standstill and only half of the TGV and Ouigo will be able to run. The figure drops to 1 in 3 for TERs. Disruptions in the aviation sector are also to be expected.

Update on ongoing movements, sector by sector

All oil refineries and several depots have been blocked for a few days and several petrol stations are deprived of at least one fuel, especially in the southeast. The electricians and gas workers of the CGT could try to mark the spirits with record production cuts and a multiplication of savage cuts. Europe 1 takes stock in this article.