The head of the CGT, Sophie Binet, denounced that activists from her union were being prosecuted after their mobilization against the pension reform, in a letter sent to the prime minister on Tuesday. The summoning of a senior member of the CGT's confederal bureau, Myriam Lebkiri, on Friday to the gendarmerie in Pontoise (Val d'Oise) is part of a "context of anti-union repression unprecedented since the post-war period," said Sophie Binet in this letter to Élisabeth Borne, a copy of which was obtained by AFP.
Several activists, in addition to those of the CGT, will gather on Friday morning to support Myriam Lebkiri and Marc Roudet, another head of the department, in front of the gendarmerie where they will be questioned for actions carried out during the demonstrations of the first half of the year. "Proceedings have been opened against at least 17 general secretaries of CGT organisations, summoned because of their status as general secretaries," and "more than 1000,<> CGT activists are being prosecuted in court," the CGT leader added.
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At the beginning of September, the head of the CGT union of electricity and gas workers, Sébastien Ménesplier, was questioned for actions during the pension reform in front of the gendarmerie of Montmorency (Val d'Oise). At the end of October, a departmental secretary of the CGT and a female employee were arrested "at 6:20 a.m. at their home by hooded policemen," a local representative of the union reported, and placed in custody for "glorification of terrorism" and "public provocation to hatred or violence" after a leaflet calling for a demonstration in support of Palestinians in Lille.
For Sophie Binet, "the multiplicity of these procedures only reflects a real political will to undermine trade union action". "This judicial harassment cannot go on any longer (...). It is a challenge to the fundamental freedoms of expression and collective action," she wrote, calling for those who have been convicted "to have their rights restored" and for an "amnesty law" to be adopted. "Rather than targeting trade unionists who are scandalously equated with thugs or terrorists, your government would do well to ask prosecutors to focus on the fight against far-right groups", "drug trafficking, sexist and sexual violence, and white-collar crime", suggests Sophie Binet to the Prime Minister.