The strike against the future reform of the pension paralyzes Paris

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The first day of a strike by officials of the public transport in Paris, ended the afternoon / evening of the Friday as it had begun: more than 300 kilometers of traffic jams on the outskirts of the capital, "locked up" throughout the day by the partial or complete paralysis of the metro and the bus, throwing a stern warning to Emmanuel Macron and his government, before even you are aware of the details of a "historic reform" that seeks to "unify" more than forty pension systems, trying to cut back or do away with striking inequalities.

According to all the sources of trade union and government, the strike on Friday disrupted seriously all, or almost all, activities, in Paris, and was the most important since 2007 , when Nicolas Sarkozy had to significantly modify a project less ambitious. In 1995, Jacques Chirac, conservative president, buried a project very similar to that of Emmanuel Macron, following several weeks of strikes of all unions in the public transport (rail, metro, bus).

The day of Friday, in Paris, was presented as a "warning" of the "anger rising" of the officials of the public transport, in front of some reform projects that the government of Macron continues to mattifying.

New system

The central idea of the reform project macroniana is very simple: to create a new national pension system that "unifies" the more than forty models pensions and retirements. Postponed, at the time, the reform should be "cut" privileges, real or presumed, through a new model of trading, evaluation and retirement.

Before you even get to know, in detail, the project macroniano, many sectors of civil servants or public sector workers have begun by announcing the rejection of the project.

The workers of the public transport in Paris, launched on Friday the first "battle" (preventative) against a "war" (of positions) that is advertised long and non-flammable .

There are planned strikes and days of protest, long fall , in many other sectors: railway workers, teachers and professors, officials of the sector of distribution of electricity and gas, nurses.

a Former business banker, great negotiator, Macron has started by avoid the "shock front" resistance in the trade union abandoned its election promise to abolish 120.000 positions of officials. Has decided to "stagger" pension reform "during the coming months," hinting that I could "last" until the end of the first half of 2020.

ten days Ago, Macron gave category minister responsible for the reform of the national pension system to Jean-Paul Delevoye, who has spent twenty-five years working on that problem of immense depth , which began "studying", between 2002 and 2004, as minister of the public Function of president Jacques Chirac's conservative. Macron has chosen to Delevoye to be one of the most important reforms of his presidential mandate.

Macron, head of the Government, Édouard Philippe (former advisor to Alain Juppé, that because he had to resign in 1995 / 96 , the victim of a reform project which is very similar), and Delevoye, has decided to "move on" with feet of lead, giving a lot of months to try to move forward.

Reform "concerted"

After the apparent success of their first day of strike of the parisian transports, the representatives of four trade unions were received Friday afternoon by the management of the RATP Network (Autonomous Parisian Transports) and a representative of the Government. The unionists began by announcing that "there is nothing to negotiate" . The address of the public company tried to "reassure them". The representative of the Government stressed that the reform will be "concerted".

The great hope macroniana is very simple: to stop imposing a "historic reform". These are their "tools" work: dividing the trade unions , attempting to split to the different sectors affected, highlighting some points of the reform.

Is to see how they will react public transport workers, railway workers, teachers and professors, officials of the sector of distribution of gas and electricity , nurses, before some projects that start by rejecting the "globally".

For Macron it is the reform, the more ambitious of his presidential mandate.

as For France, it is a historic reform, if it comes to consummation, because it affects the matrix administrative of the model for national pension.

For Europe, it is an "adventure" unpredictable. The "invoice" of the crisis of the franchise of the yellow vests has cost between 20,000 and 25,000 million to the budgets of the State, Macron does not get "clean" as had been announced, raising doubts and concerns among influential neighbors, allies and germans, among others.

Updated Date: 14 September 2019, 10:00

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