The CGT and Sud Rail unions of the French railway company SNCF announced on Tuesday his intention to organize a train stoppage on February 7 and 8 against the pension reformwhich would be added to the unitary day of strikes and demonstrations on January 31 in all sectors.
The General Confederation of Labor (CGT), the first central of the National Railway Society (SNCF), and Sud Rail, which together bring together more than 50% of the company’s union representation, propose the calling of general assemblies at the end of the day 31 to propose extendable strikes in February if the Government does not withdraw its reform proposal.
His idea, as he explained in an interview with the channel bfmtv the delegate of Sud Rail fabien villedieuis to organize two days of consecutive train strikes on February 7 and 8 with the intention of dragging other sectors.
These dates coincide with the strike calls of other sections of the CGT in the energy and oil sectors and also fit in with the school holidays in France, which will be staggered -depending on the region- from February 4 to March 5th.
Two other large trade union centrals, the French Democratic Confederation of Workers (CFDT) and the National Union of Autonomous Trade Unions (UNSA) have not wanted to join these calls for the strike in February, at least not for the moment, because they want to focus on the day of January 31.
The first day of unitary strikes and demonstrations on the 19th achieved a massive mobilization, since between one and two million people took to the streets to protest against the pension reform project of the Government of Emmanuel Macron that seeks, in particular, to delay the minimum retirement age from 62 to 64 years.
The workers also demand that the increase in the contribution period be accelerated – from 42 to 43 years by 2027 – to collect a full pension.
Before the call for December 7 and 8 was known, the Minister of Transport, Clement Beauneanticipated that January 31 “will be a difficult day” for those who have to travel and, given the possibility of new strikes during school holidays, called for “responsibility” and “respect.”
Speaking to the broadcaster French InfoBeaune recalled that train users had already had to suffer disturbances due to strikes during the past Christmas holidays.
Another of the sectors that could be affected by strikes during the February holidays are the ski resorts, since the unions CGT and Fuerza Obrera (FO) They have launched an indefinite call as of January 31.
In this case, it is about protesting not only against the pension reform, but also against the unemployment insurance reform that greatly affects workers in ski resorts, who have temporary contracts.
All the French unions coincide in their opposition to the pension reform and especially against the delay of the minimum retirement age, an idea that is also against about two thirds of the French population, according to the polls of the last weeks.
Despite the response in the streets (one strike and two demonstrations in the space of four days), the Executive remains firm in its project and will hold a press conference after its ministerial meeting to provide new explanations about its reform.
The text It will then be examined on January 30 in a commission of the National Assembly and, as of February 6, the debate will begin in the chamber, which is expected to be tense due to the fierce opposition to this reform on the part of the left and the extreme right.
(With information from EFE)
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