At the height of the mobilization against the pension reform, a hundred wild power cuts were organized by the CGT-Energy to protest against the project carried by the government. Actions denounced by the Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, who asked that the authors be punished.
As for the CEO of EDF, Jean-Bernard Levy, he assured this Sunday that "80 or 90 complaints" had been filed "where there were power cuts" during the mobilization against the pension reform, started December 5.
Paris, Bordeaux, Nantes, Orleans, Nice, Cherbourg, Montluçon… Several cities had been affected by these skillfully organized power supply stops. Can the union be sanctioned by justice? In 2006, the Versailles Court of Appeal ordered the CGT to pay EDF restoration costs after a series of cuts during a strike in 1998.
"The French have the right to have electricity permanently"
"Power cuts, they must be condemned, the French have the right to have electricity permanently," said Jean-Bernard Levy, interviewed this morning on Europe 1. The CEO of EDF also said on the station that "some of these cuts have affected retirement homes, clinics, hospitals".
"EDF's complaint is systematic," he added, noting that the cost of strikes, cuts, blockages and reduced charges had been "absorbed inside [the accounts] of the group. . Asked about the current situation, after more than two months of social movement, he explained that "the time has come for concertation to accompany the discussions that are currently taking place in Parliament on the law on pensions".
Jean-Bernard Lévy, CEO of EDF, concerning the power cuts claimed by the CGT: "we must condemn them" pic.twitter.com/9A3aiE1IH5- CNEWS (@CNEWS) February 16, 2020
According to Jean-Bernard Levy, EDF currently benefits from a “special retirement plan, twice special: because it is not the general plan and because it costs nothing to the French”. A plan according to him "balanced, neither surplus nor beneficial".
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"The company pays each year the difference between the general regime and the special regime," he added, wishing to "extend this system".