The strike movement against the pension reform has taken on significant proportions in recent days. The CGT and the CFDT have called for a hardening of the movement and for greater listening to public opinion.
Philippe Martinez criticizes “the oversized ego of President Macron”
Philippe Martinez, secretary general of the CGT, accuses President Emmanuel Macron of wanting to impose his pension reform at all costs despite the opposition of the French. He highlights the risk of pushing for the election of Marine Le Pen in 2027 if the president does not listen to the discontent of the street.
Laurent Berger questions the need to resort to violence
Laurent Berger, secretary general of the CFDT, also urges the executive to listen to the social movement. It questions the need to resort to violence to be heard and highlights the importance of listening to society in order to respond to social tension.
The unions are beginning to ask themselves the question of a hardening of the movement
Some organizations, such as the CGT railway worker, are beginning to ask themselves the question of a hardening of the movement. The secretary general of the CGT, Philippe Martinez, regrets the procedure chosen to study the pension reform in the National Assembly. He considers that the reform requires another debate and that the current dissatisfaction shows that the Government does not have its feet on the ground.
On the strength of this observation, Mr. Martinez calls for a hardening of the strike movement and in the face of what he considers to be a lack of consideration on the part of President Macron and his Government.
The unions are therefore forming a common front to call on the President of the Republic to listen to the people in order to avoid democratic disappointments and to find a consensual solution to the pension reform.