Pensions : mobilization day Friday 24 January 2020

Unions opposed to pension reform are calling for a 7th day of strikes and demonstrations on Friday, the day the Council of Ministers will discuss the draft law.

The mobilisation against pension reform has taken new forms but it is not over yet. Sporadic actions are keeping the pressure on the government of Edouard Philippe. The trade unions CGT, FO, CFE-CGC, FSU and Solidaires de la Fonction publique have called for “strike action and inter-professional convergence” until the day of mobilisation on Friday 24 January 2020.

Lawyers, teachers, dockworkers…

After six weeks of an unprecedented social movement under the 5th Republic and after six days of massive demonstrations, both in Paris and in major French cities, the anger does not subside, contrary to what the executive suggests, which refers to “a strike with no way out”.
In recent days, there has been a new intrusion at the headquarters of the CFDT, Tuesday, power cuts in several regions, “throwing dresses”, black for lawyers and white for medical staff, “throwing textbooks” over the gates of the rectoral in several major cities in France, such as Clermont-Ferrand or Créteil …
Striking lawyers (there are 70,000 in France) seriously disrupt hearings in all jurisdictions. Dockers are blocking the ports of Calais, Dunkirk, Le Havre, Nantes, La Rochelle, Marseille. Teachers are refusing to allow teachers to take the common continuous assessment tests (E3C) as part of the baccalaureate reform in many schools. Disruptions also occurred at the Banque de France, where cash centres were blocked, with the risk of a shortage of banknotes in cash dispensers as a result.

Chaos, until when?


Contestation is becoming more radical and takes unexpected forms: intrusion into a theatre last Friday, where Emmanuel Macron was attending a show, blocking the entrance to the Louvre the next day, taking on elected officials and ministers during public meetings, setting fire to a large Parisian restaurant… The chartered accountants and auditors, who are not very keen on revolution, are considering not validating the campaign accounts of the candidates for election. That is to say if the pension reform is unanimously against it!
This will continue. Until when?” Until the total withdrawal of the reform,” responded in chorus the CGT, CFE-CGC, FO, FSU, Solidaires unions, but also the teachers, high school and student unions (MNL, UNEF, UNL, FIDL) who, during a joint GA, called for a new day of mobilization on January 24, 2020, the 7th since the beginning of the conflict.
It will be the day when the Council of Ministers will examine the draft law on pensions. Quite a symbol.

The main actions scheduled for Friday, January 24th published by Manif-Est info.
Ardennes (08)
– Charleville-Mézières:
1:00 pm: Demonstration, rendez-vous at Place Ducale
Dawn (10)
– Troyes:
2.30 pm: Demonstration, departure House of the unions
Marne (51)
– Reims:
10h : Demonstration, departure Bvd De La Paix
– Châlons-en-Champagne:
10h : Event, departure from Place de Verdun
– Epernay:
10am : Demonstration, departure in front of the Lycée Stéphan Hessel
– Vitry-le-François:
16h30 : Demonstration, departure from place des Indes
Haute-Marne (52)
– Chaumont:
17h : Demonstration, departure from the town hall square
Meurthe-et-Moselle (54)
– Nancy:
11:00 am : AG INTERPRO – Room A33 of the CLSH
1.30 pm: demonstration departing from Place de la République
Meuse (55)
– Bar-le-Duc:
11:30 am: Gathering / towing, roundabout of the firemen of Fains-Station Avia then departure in demonstration at 1:30 pm.
– Verdun :
9h : Demonstration, depard in front of the office of the deputy Emilie Cariou.
Moselle (57)
– Metz:
11am: AG Interpro 57, Amphi Arendt – SHS – Saulcy campus
2pm: demonstration, meet at the station square.
Bas-Rhin (67)
– Strasbourg :
2pm: demonstration, meet at the place du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny,
Haut-Rhin (68)
– Mulhouse:
17h30 : Event, departure from place de la bource
Vosges (88)
– Epinal
14h : Demonstration, departure in front of the prefecture

CGT publishes a map of mobilization in France