It was the primary assembly between the French authorities and the unions because the starting of the 12 months, and it resulted in failure. When not even an hour had handed, the eight union leaders obtained up from the desk. The Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, had simply refused for the umpteenth time to withdraw the pension reform.
The unions have subsequently maintained the decision for this Thursday of latest strikes and demonstrations. It’s the eleventh day of protests since Borne offered the regulation in January, which is able to enhance the retirement age from 62 to 64 years and can speed up the requirement of 43 years of contributions to gather the complete pension, as a substitute of 41.
The results of the assembly signifies that, opposite to what President Emmanuel Macron expects, the opposition shouldn’t be giving in. And this, although the regulation has already been accepted by Parliament and is now awaiting the opinion of the Constitutional Council, scheduled for April 14.
The commerce unionists had accepted Borne’s invitation to the Matignon mansion, the seat of the federal government headquarters, however that they had introduced upfront that they have been going with one sole goal: to ask him to withdraw the regulation, or not less than go away it in abeyance. The Prime Minister wished to show the web page and speak to the social brokers concerning the agenda for the approaching months on the employment of the aged and dealing situations.
The assembly started at ten within the morning with a number of phrases from Borne. Then the eight commerce unionists intervened and each requested the identical factor to the prime minister: if she was keen to withdraw the reform. However the prime minister resumed talking with out answering the query. Then Laurent Berger, common secretary of the primary union in France, the average CFDT, intervened. Berger insisted on understanding whether or not or not the reform could be withdrawn or suspended. The reply was no. After which the unions known as the assembly over.
Borne acknowledged after the assembly: “I’ve listened to every of the union organizations, I’ve listened to their disagreement on the rise of the age [de jubilacion] and I’ve repeated my conviction and that of this Authorities concerning the want for this reform”. He added: “I feel this assembly marks an necessary stage.”
The prime minister sees the glass half full: the Authorities and the unions had not met because the starting of January. Throughout the whole legislative course of, communication was minimize off. However, despite the fact that the dialog returns, it doesn’t work.
Union unity is without doubt one of the novelties of the mobilization towards the pension reform. Since 2010, when then-president Nicolas Sarkozy managed to lift the retirement age from 60 to 62, the unions haven’t united.
What has modified is the place of Berger’s CFDT, historically susceptible to settlement and even to reforming pensions, though with out elevating the retirement age. The divorce between Berger and Macron is without doubt one of the keys to this disaster. One of many unknowns is how lengthy the union entrance will be maintained as soon as the president promulgates the regulation after the Constitutional ruling. The opposite is whether or not the federal government will have the ability to get Berger’s assist for future initiatives after ignoring him throughout this reform.