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CGT: the Martinez balance sheet put in the minority


FOCUS - Gathered to elect his successor, several speakers denounced Philippe Martinez's approval of the idea of ​​"mediation" on the pension file.

This is a major setback for Philippe Martinez.

The union delegates gathered in Clermont-Ferrand for the 53rd congress of the CGT rejected Tuesday, with 50.32% of the votes, the activity report of the outgoing management.

During the debates, the management was the target of multiple criticisms on its orientations as on the absence of internal democracy within the union.

Several speakers notably denounced Philippe Martinez's approval of the idea of


on the pension file, advanced Tuesday morning by his CFDT counterpart, Laurent Berger.

According to Jean-Marie Pernot, a political scientist specializing in trade unions, there is no precedent in the modern history of the CGT.

This congress began Monday in a stormy atmosphere, against the backdrop of the deep divisions of the union and the election at the end of the week of the successor to Philippe Martinez.

Three candidates are in the running.

Marie Buisson, runner-up to Martinez, appointed by the outgoing management, secretary general of the Education Research Culture Federation, wants to be very open to societal problems, including ecology.

Read alsoHidden war at the CGT for the succession of Philippe Martinez

But some opponents criticize him for a relative discretion and for not having carried out

"emblematic struggles"


She is challenged by Céline Verzeletti, co-secretary general of the Federal Union of State Trade Unions, who said she was

"available" on Tuesday to take the lead of a

"much more offensive"


A man is also present with this duel of women: Olivier Mateu, a radical opponent of Philippe Martinez, but whose line is too minority to unite, according to many officials.

Pending the results, the rejection of the activity report on Tuesday sounds like

“a disavowal of everything that was carried out by the outgoing management”,

underlined Céline Verzeletti.

This ballot is a

“vote by mandates”,

which means that the vote of each delegate was

“well debated”

within the unions.

It's not a mood vote (…), so it's not a small signal sent to the outgoing management

”, she underlined.

Source: lefigaro

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