The demonstration in opposition to the pension reform plan of the federal government of Elisabeth Borne can be the precursor of a wider battle in opposition to the return of austerity in Europe, in accordance with Esther Lynch, common secretary of the European Commerce Union Confederation (ETUC), encountered by EURACTIV within the Paris procession.
1.12 million demonstrators hit the pavement on Thursday (January 19), in accordance with figures from the Ministry of the Inside – the CGT speaks of “ greater than 2 million –, in response to the enchantment of a united inter-union in opposition to the postponement of the authorized retirement age from 62 to 64 years.
A primary vital mobilization for the unions, who have been betting on this mobilization to ascertain a stability of energy with the federal government, in opposition to the reform.
Firefighters, e book staff, museum guards, railway staff, bus drivers, but in addition college students and highschool college students… In Paris as within the greater than 200 processions all through France, which the members denounced an unfair and inappropriate reform, at a time when the rise costs weighs on the usual of dwelling of households.
” If I do not battle in opposition to this reform at 24, I am toast for all times a younger protester informed EURACTIV. She hopes for the withdrawal of the reform venture, or else desires to place ” the wealthy » to contribute, « these millionaires and billionaires who do not know what to do with their cash “.
Along with the postponement of the authorized retirement age, the contribution interval is elevated to 43 years. Particular mechanisms have additionally been developed to help probably the most precarious and permit lengthy careers to proceed to retire earlier. A “seniors index” can be created to encourage the employment of seniors in corporations.
This reform exists above all to make sure the stability of our pension system”, Ms. Borne informed reporters final week throughout a press convention to current the topic. In accordance with her, the invoice responds to a significant triptych:“justice, stability and progress”.
New wave of austerity in Europe
A speech that Esther Lynch, common secretary of the European Commerce Union Confederation (ETUC) rejects with out hesitation and who paraded in Paris on the head of the procession.
” VS This reform is a precursor to a brand new wave of austerity in Europe she informed EURACTIV France. In truth, in accordance with her, the success of the demonstration is a robust sign despatched throughout the continent to place the emphasis again on social insurance policies worthy of the title.
Because the Covid-19 disaster is coming to an finish and the budgetary “no matter it takes” is not in vogue, austerity can be again: “ This austerity coverage, at a time when the inflationary disaster is pulling down households throughout Europe, is unnecessary “.
She accuses politicians of not having the braveness to consider new options and worries: ” once you not consider in authorities, you beat the pavement. However what if staff not consider within the pavement both? »
And Ludovic Voet, confederal secretary of the ETUC, to strongly criticize the federal government’s argument which consists in saying that France will at all times have a decrease retirement age than a majority of its European neighbors: “ Simply because others harm doesn’t suggest it’s important to observe them anyway “.
The ETUC says it is able to amplify the message of French commerce unionists in Brussels to European decision-makers. ” Breaking the neoliberal and austerity studying of the European establishments, such is the mission that Mr. Voet has given himself, who says he’s impressed by the success of Thursday’s mobilization.
The federal government in opposition to the road
The pension reform was a promise that Emmanuel Macron made throughout the 2022 presidential elections. Carrying the reform by to the top due to this fact turns into a difficulty as private as it’s political.
Earlier within the day, Mr. Macron, then touring to Barcelona as a part of a Franco-Spanish bilateral summit, mentioned he would perform this reform with ” dedication and spirit of accountability “.
The day earlier than, the federal government spokesman Olivier Véran, declared in a press convention on the finish of the Council of Ministers that this reform was important below penalty of letting the deficit slip away “150 billion euros by 2034 “.
However nothing labored and the solidity of the inter-union, regardless of the variations of every union that composes it, was in a position to create a dynamic within the streets of France. The presence of NUPES deputies solely bolstered the essential political position that the unions are about to play within the coming weeks.
As well as, an IFOP ballot for Sud Radio revealed the morning of the mobilization revealed that 72% of French individuals are not in favor of a pension reform. They have been 68% per week in the past.
A brand new day of inter-union mobilization is scheduled for January 31.
[Édité par Davide Basso]