Convened by trade unions and left-wing political organizations, French from various sectors return to take to the streets in this capital and other cities on Tuesday after the government’s decision to adopt the pension reform without a parliamentary vote.
The new day of protests is one of the reactions of opponents in society to universal points-based system promoted by the government, at the announcement of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, on the weekend, of the activation of article 49.3 of the Constitution of 1958, which allows approving a bill without the support of the National Assembly.
For the majority of the unions, among them the General Confederation of Labor (CGT), Labor Force (FO), the Unitary Federation of Trade Unions (FSU), the Solidarity and the Youth, this measure ignores the popular claim to withdraw the reform , which includes one of the campaign promises of President Emmanuel Macron.
Grouped in a unique trade union known as Intersindical, they criticized the interruption of parliamentary debates and accused the executive of appealing to the force to impose a social backward bill with minority support in public opinion.
Demonstrations are part of the strike movement activated against the reform on December 5, which took hundreds of thousands of French to the streets that day, on December 10 and 17, on 9, 11, 16, 24 and 29 January, and February 6 and 20.
Lawmakers of La France Insoumise and the Communist Party introduced the changes to curb the advance of such bill in the Assembly, aware of the large official majority in that chamber and as a resource to bring to this instance the discomfort of many French.
The unique trade union ‘Intersindical’ and the left organizations affirm that the pension reform will hit the pocket of the retired and will benefit the financial interests of banks, funds and insurers, while the government assures that it will be fairer and less complex than the current system with 42 regimes of pensions.