"Young people are more determined than ever and will make themselves heard."
Student unions and high school students such as Unef, the Alternative or even La Voix lycéenne, are calling on young people on Thursday to join the strikes and demonstrations against the “despicable project of pension reform” on January 7 and 11.
Youth organizations are pleased, in a joint press release, to have seen “150 thousand young people” mobilized in France on January 31, “that is three times more than on February 19.
“According to them, “dozens of establishments have been totally or partially blocked”, and participation in general student assemblies has “doubled since January 19th.
Youth organizations call for the blocking of universities and high schools on February 7 against the pension reform!
— Vilain Syndicalist (@MarxFanAccount) February 2, 2023
Wanting to continue the movement, the organizations are calling for "everything to be done to mobilize" the youth again during the next strike days.
“In particular by voting in the general assembly to block places of study, high schools and universities on February 7.
“Retirements are a matter of young people”
"Retirements are a matter of young people and our generation has understood this", defend the organizations.
“We refuse to be taken hostage by a government that says it is doing this reform for us while it is plunging us and locking us up in the greatest precariousness,” they continue.
Among the signatories are the Alternative, the Union of Communist Students, the Unef, the Young Ecologists, La Voix lycéenne, the Young insoumis.es or the Young Socialists.
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The demonstrations brought together more than 1.27 million people on Tuesday according to the Ministry of the Interior (more than 2.8 million according to the unions), more than the first mobilization of January 19.
The inter-union wants to continue the standoff with the executive, and calls for two new days of action, February 7 and 11.