Prime Minister’s announcement on retirement at 63 instead of 64 for people who started working early “is not the answer” expected “to the massive mobilization observed” against the pension reform project, said CFDT boss Laurent Berger this Sunday, February 5.
“Clearly, this is not the response to the massive, geographically and professionally diverse mobilization that has taken place” on January 19 and 31, said on France Inter Laurent Berger, general secretary of the CFDT, the first French union.
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“The basic problem of this reform is the postponement of the legal age to 64, which accentuates the inequalities inherent in the world of work, [pour] women, people who started working early, who have arduous jobs, cut careers or who are fired from their jobs” a few years from their retirement, he pointed out, adding:
“We then try to apply patches. »
Discussions with the elected representatives of the majority
He was reacting to an announcement by Elisabeth Borne in the “JDD”, on the eve of the kick-off of the debates before the National Assembly on the highly contested pension reform. The Prime Minister indicated that people who started working between the ages of 20 and 21 will be able to retire at 63, and not 64 as provided for in the reform, thus responding favorably to the request of LR deputies.
Currently, starting a career before the age of 20 can allow an early retirement of two years, and entering the workforce before the age of 16 can give the right to an early retirement of four years. The reform project provides that this system will be “adapted” : those who started before the age of 20 will be able to leave two years earlier, i.e. 62 years old; those who started before 18 will be able to leave at 60, etc.
Pension reform: in the street and in the Assembly, the week promises to be crucial
Laurent Berger recalled that the Yellow Vests had been a maximum of 284,000 to march in 2017-2018 according to police figures, and that the demonstrators on January 31 last were 1.27 million, still according to the police, “by being non-violent and peaceful”:
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“What are the prospects for a democratic country when you act as if 1.27 million people don’t exist, and you have [en revanche] responded to sometimes very violent actions? »
Laurent Berger also indicated that he had “very constructive exchanges with members of the majority”.
“Of course, it will be up to them to decide. They have to look in all the cities and ridings where they are elected. When, for example, you are a deputy for Ain and there are 10,000 demonstrators in Bourg-en-Bresse, should that leave you totally indifferent? »he asked.
Pensions: a highly contested reform