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Pension reform: Will the government back away by referring to the "grandfather clause"?

2019-11-04T05:34:58.835Z

At the top of the state, the goal is to mine by the day of inter-professional mobilization of December 5 to avoid a blockage of the country.



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Jean-Paul Delevoye arrives at the Elysee Palace in Paris on May 14, 2017. ERIC FEFERBERG / AFP

As the days go by, the pressure increases. In the government, no one has any illusions: December 5 will be a black day. The CGT, FO, the FSU and Solidaires call for an inter-professional mobilization against the pension reform when several unions of the RATP, SNCF and road haulers have announced an "unlimited strike" from that date. At their "assembly meeting" , Sunday, November 3 in Montpellier, "yellow vests" also decided, overwhelmingly, to join this movement.

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For the executive, time is running out. It is necessary at all costs to try to extinguish these fire starts before the fire spreads. The exercise is delicate in a social context that remains very tense, whether in hospitals, police or firefighters. On October 28 on RTL, Emmanuel Macron sought to allay fears. While he has expressed his strong desire to carry out this project which aims to merge the 42 existing schemes into a universal system by points, he also suggested that adjustments could be made. And to mention a possible "grandfather clause", a mechanism that would imply that only new recruits are involved in the reform, either only in certain regimes, or in a more global way. These patterns were mentioned in the report that Jean-Paul Delevoye, High Commissioner in charge of the file, submitted in July, but the latter lingered, him, on a changeover in 2025 with transition times certainly different depending on the situation but not as long.

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To demolish by December 5th

At the top of the state, the goal is now to clear by December 5 to avoid a blockage of the country that would continue. Especially at the SNCF, where the social "pressure cooker" is overflowing after the 2018 railway reform. On two occasions, work stoppages, for reasons other than pensions, have severely disrupted the rail traffic during the holidays of All Saints' Day and sounded like serious warnings.

Source: lemonde

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