After the power cuts in the Val-de-Marne and the Drome on Tuesday, and while the Grand'Maison power station in Isère was shut down on Wednesday morning, Philippe Martinez, the boss of the CGT, justified the targeted actions carried out by union strikers opposed to the pension reform.
"There are targeted cuts," he explains to the RMC microphone, while acknowledging the "unintended" consequences for residents.
Wild power cuts: "Actions, strikes, demonstrations are legitimate" says Philippe Martinez # BourdinDirect 🎙️ https://t.co/rHDndqgHNc pic.twitter.com/pd16lRef6g- RMC (@RMCinfo) January 22, 2020
However, if these actions are prohibited and condemned by law, Philippe Martinez believes that “the actions, strikes and demonstrations are legitimate. "
And to add: “for all those who wake up in the morning and who have no electricity, I recognize that it is not very pleasant. But when there are strikes, there are things that do not work ”.
"I tell the government, if you don't listen, it will get worse"
While Edouard Philippe in the National Assembly denounced “blockages” which must be sanctioned, the general secretary of the CGT, these acts have nothing to do with delinquency.
"I say to the government: listen! Enough provocations is enough. We have the impression, and it has grown since the railway workers and RATP agents changed their form of strike, that the government is satisfied. There is a problem in this country, it is the plan of counter-reform of pensions! ", He insists.
According to him, other forms of action such as restoring the current for those who cannot pay or switching to off-peak rates for certain households. “These forms of actions, too, we support. "
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Before warning: "I say to the government, if you don't listen, it will get worse".