29 01, 2020

Thousands protest as Macron’s government adopts pension reform plan

2020-01-29T08:09:56-08:00January 29th, 2020|Categories: Pension Reform|Tags: |

France’s hardleft trade unions on Friday threatened industrial action for months to come, as they searched for a way to force President Emmanuel Macron to ditch the biggest overhaul of the country’s pension system since World War II. After a brief respite from a seven-week strike that extended over the Christmas period, French unions called for major shutdowns and demonstrations on Friday to show their “determination” to halt Macron’s pension reform plan. The call came as Prime Minister Edouard [...]

10 01, 2020

At the Heart of France’s Long Strikes, a Fight Between the Haves and the Have-Nots

2020-01-10T14:05:06-08:00January 10th, 2020|Categories: Pension Reform|Tags: |

A bright red tapestry featuring the Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara over the words “Onward toward victory!” exhorts strikers not to give up, in the union’s dingy local headquarters. Outside, the local’s boss shouted through a megaphone at the Gare de Lyon train station: “The rich should never forget: There will always be the sweat of the poor on their money!” The transportation strike against the French government’s pension overhaul plan is already the longest in the country’s history. As [...]

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