“Raise our wages, not misery”.
Demonstrators beat the pavement this Thursday, at the call of the CGT, FSU and Solidaires unions and youth organizations, to demand wage increases and give a warning shot on pensions.
At least 200 rallies were planned all over France for this first day of interprofessional mobilization since the start of the school year, according to the CGT.
In Paris, the procession was to leave at 2 p.m. from Place Denfert-Rochereau, in the direction of Place de la Bastille.
A police source expected between 3,000 and 6,000 people in the capital.
They were, in comparison, 3,200 on March 17 and 8,800 on January 27, according to the Ministry of the Interior.
#Manif #Paris Imminent departure pic.twitter.com/GOHWEGTSRW
— Michel Soudais (@msoudais) September 29, 2022
From the morning, several thousand people (4,300 according to the police) demonstrated in Marseilles, in the presence of the leader of rebellious France, Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
Many dockers from the port of Marseille were present in the parade where a banner proclaimed "no to 49.3" for the pension reform or "Increase our wages, not misery".
Success of the #Greve29septembre Demonstration in #Marseille!
Warm and united atmosphere!
Unanimity to say RDV on October 16 in Paris ✊ pic.twitter.com/6nvcRPcVR1
— Jean-Luc Melenchon (@JLMelenchon) September 29, 2022
In Nantes, there were around 4,500 demonstrators, according to the CGT and 3,200, according to the police, with many professions represented (caregivers, teachers, railway workers, etc.).
Other gatherings are held in Lille, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Montpellier.
Departure of the #demonstration for the #Greve29Septembre in #Montpellier.
A test demonstration for the social return to the call of the unions.
And there are still a few people! # Salaries # strike pic.twitter.com/BaMk4PEla4
— Shaman (@_The_Marquis_) September 29, 2022
In Besançon, 770 people demonstrate in the rain, according to the organizers and the police.
Among them, Justine, a 42-year-old social worker earning less than 1,400 euros net per month, denounced the fact that her profession was excluded from the "Ségur de la santé" measures, with a sign on her back.
We were 700 in the streets of Besançon to have braved the rain
to demonstrate for our salaries!
— FSU-SNUipp25 (@SNUippFSU25) September 29, 2022
The secretary general of the second French union, the CGT, Philippe Martinez said on Tuesday that he expected a mobilization "much higher than those of January and March", noting that there were "calls to strike in many professions" .
11% of participants among teachers
The Ministry of National Education reported at midday a participation rate of 11.01% among teachers.
The Snes-FSU union claimed for its part "30% of strikers" in colleges and high schools.
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On the transport side, three out of four unions, including the CFDT-Cheminots, have called for a strike at the SNCF.
The CGT railway workers claimed “1 out of 3 railway workers on strike”.
While Thursday's mobilization day is held without the CFDT or FO, the leader of the CGT, Philippe Martinez, has no doubt that all the unions are coming together to fight the pension reform project, as they have succeeded in doing so. do on unemployment insurance.