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SNCF, pensions ... the executive attentive to the degradation of the social climate


After the actions of the railway workers last weekend, the executive wants to avoid a crystallization of disputes with the pension reform.

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Weapon vigil or momentary fever? The right of withdrawal exercised, from Thursday, October 17, by many railway workers to denounce their conditions of safety at work, in any case gave the government a taste of what could become the challenge against the pension reform. Trains blocked in the station, travelers left by the thousands on the floor during a weekend of departures on vacation, delays ... The executive, which emphasizes its willingness to listen, would prefer to avoid that scenario like this happens again in the weeks to come.

The risk of paralysis is real since, on December 5, two offensives are scheduled: one at the RATP, with an unlimited call for strike launched by several unions of the company; the other at the national level, in the form of a "first day of interprofessional strike" at the initiative of the CGT, FO, the FSU, Solidaires and several youth movements. Mobilizations in addition to those organized since the start of the season, in other professions - lawyers, police, etc. In this climate of social effervescence, the ruling power tries to reconcile the opposites, between appetite for reform and appeasement.

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Saturday, Edouard Philippe first chose to send waltz bowling. The Prime Minister denounced a "diversion of the right of withdrawal that has turned into a wildcat strike" , and was placed on the side "tens of thousands of French who can not join their family, go to work, go home them . Willingly martial, Matignon's tenant went so far as to mention possible "judicial action" for the strikers, leaving the unions and some of the opposition in awe. "Act II of the quinquennium gives a lot of room for social dialogue, but it is not the doglit" , it is justified in his entourage.

"Shallot race"

Some members of the majority, on the other hand, accuse trade unions of simply trying to put on the heating blue. "We know that pension reform is the direct horizon of crystallization of the social movement, it is a form of premobilization, no one is fooled," said Sacha HouliƩ, MP (LRM) of Vienna. "The unions are counting, they want to show that they are able to block the country," abounds his colleague Macroniste Yvelines, Marie Lebec.

Source: lemonde

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