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"She listens but she does not hear": mixed union officials after the appointment of Elisabeth Borne


Philippe Martinez, secretary general of the CGT, for his part castigated the “very negative balance sheet” of Elisabeth Borne in the government.

Most union officials consider the new Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne open to discussion but often too reluctant to deviate from her line.

I rubbed shoulders with her as Minister of Labour.

It's rough, sometimes, in the confrontation.

It will undoubtedly be necessary to make an effort to listen and co-construct

, ”said the secretary general of the CFDT, Laurent Berger, on France 2 Monday, before his official appointment.

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Le Figaro

: "

Élisabeth Borne at Matignon, technique and politics


For Yves Veyrier, his counterpart at FO, “

he is someone who is tough in business


We measured it on the unemployment insurance reform (entry into force in October 2021, editor’s note).

She imposed it against all our arguments.

The five confederations were opposed to this reform.

He is someone who (…) knows his files well and who is difficult to convince

, ”he said on BFM Business.

For Yves Veyrier, Élisabeth Borne is like those "

great state officials who, when they are convinced of the merits of their decision, find it difficult to understand, to hear that we can have other points of view and that they deserve to be heard


The president of the CFTC Cyril Chabanier evokes someone "

pleasant and constructive

" and who "

knows what he wants



The speech is always sincere, when you make a proposal or a request, it doesn't go around the bush for 20 years, you have an answer, which you like or don't like, but at least you leave with an answer

" , he told RMC.

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Another reform carried out by Élisabeth Borne, when she was Minister of Transport, that of the SNCF, in 2018, which notably resulted in the opening to competition of passenger transport.

Fabien Dumas, federal secretary SUD-rail, keeps a memory tinged with bitterness.

She's a techno, she has a perfect knowledge of files, we were pleasantly surprised by her knowledge of railway subjects, but on the other hand, she comes with a mission and she does not step aside.

It doesn't move, it unrolls.

You can develop the best arguments in the world, she will not budge

,” he told AFP.


She summons all the trade unions, she takes the time (...) We said to ourselves, here is someone who is listening, but the social dialogue Borne way is I receive you, I listen to you but I don't. 'crazy

,' he sums up.

For Didier Mathis, General Secretary of Unsa Rail, Elisabeth Borne is a "

good soldier



It will be Macron's boot, she has her finger on the seam and she will apply what Macron tells her to apply

", he tackles.

As for the CGT des Cheminots, it did not take tweezers, in a press release on Tuesday.

The anti-public services enter Matignon station (…) England had Margaret Thatcher.

France now has Élisabeth Borne

,” she blasted.



A left-wing techno with a particular background

": François-Xavier Bourmaud paints a portrait of Élisabeth Borne

Positions considered liberal

However, Élisabeth Borne "

has a very negative record

", judged Philippe Martinez, recalling that she had "

undertaken a reform on the SNCF which changed the status of railway workers, which opened the SNCF network to competition

" then followed by a "

major strike


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It was she who modified unemployment insurance

”, and “

she has always refused to give a boost to the Smic

”, he also listed.

We can come from the left and have liberal reactions and positions, like Manuel Valls or Élisabeth Borne

,” he noted.

On the method, "

she listens but she does not hear, she is like Emmanuel Macron

", he added.

He recalled that he would oppose the pension reform carried by Emmanuel Macron, and that the CGT "

would do everything so that it cannot succeed



Reshuffle: Elisabeth Borne is "

someone quite direct

" who "

never gives up an inch of ground

", according to François Hommeril

Source: lefigaro

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