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Pension reform: facing the unions, the government says it will go “all the way”


The day after the presentation of the pension reform by Elisabeth Borne, several ministers showed their determination this Wednesday morning.

The war on the pension front is declared.

A few minutes after the end of the presentation of the pension reform by the government, Tuesday at the end of the day, the unions called for a first day of mobilization to oppose the pension reform, from Thursday January 19.


Let them demonstrate as much as they want

," replied this Wednesday morning on RTL Olivier Dussopt, Minister of Labor.

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The Minister, who will bring the reform to Parliament, believes that the reform project presented by the government "

meets many of the expectations that (the unions) have expressed

", without commenting further on the social discontent.


The work of the government is both to convince of the justice of this reform, of its necessity, to also show that in recent months, the consultations that we have organized have enabled us to do useful things

", said he declared.

Same story on the side of Bruno Le Maire who spoke this Wednesday morning on France 2: “

If we have concerted, it is to go all the way


"It doesn't scare me"

Olivier Véran, evoking the reply of the unions, retorts as for him: “

It does not scare me.

“And to the government spokesperson to add to the microphone of France Info: “

We are already taking into account what the unions tell us: our announcements would not have been the same if it had not been for months of consultations.

“If Olivier Véran understands that working longer “

may worry

” the French, he also believes that a “

demonstration will not make it possible to magically balance an unbalanced pension system in the coming years”.

The Macron camp knows it: it will indeed have to show resistance while the threat of a "

convergence of struggles

" and social movements in the streets looms.

François Bayrou himself was combative: “

When you present a reform, if you enter the debate considering that you are going to back down, it is not even worth presenting it.

The president of the Modem, and essential ally of the President of the Republic, assures him: "

The government will defend its project, perhaps enrich it, we are not at the end of the work that must be done".

Because, in the face of this reform, the unions and the oppositions of the left and the extreme right are upwind.


For me and the CFDT, 64 years old is still no

," said Laurent Berger, secretary general of the CFDT, on Wednesday.

It's more of a financial balance reform on the backs of the workers alone.


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In addition to the mobilization organized by the unions on January 19, there is another, on the initiative of France Insoumise this time, set for January 21.

The executives of Jean-Luc Mélenchon's party have affirmed that they will be fully mobilized on Thursday 19 and Saturday 21 January.


A great social battle is coming

," pointed out Manuel Bompard, the coordinator of LFI, this Wednesday on Europe 1, criticizing a reform "

of great brutality

" and "




The only solution to ensure that the project does not see the light of day is to mobilize in the street

", he continued, calling on the French to mobilize: "

Come in the mobilizations, they are going to be massive, calm and determined.


Source: lefigaro

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