social partners against “premature” reform

The warning was almost unanimous. During a time for discussion with Emmanuel Macron, Tuesday July 6 at the Elysee Palace, most union and employer leaders have once again expressed their opposition to a pension reform before the presidential election of 2022 Several files – such as the vaccination of caregivers, the recovery plan or the economic situation – were on the menu of this meeting, in which also participated the head of government, Jean Castex, the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, and his colleague of the economy, Bruno Le Maire. But the future of pension plans captured a good part of the discussions, this theme having been placed at the heart of the debates by the President of the Republic during a trip to the South-West in early June.

Tuesday’s meeting, which lasted three hours, did not provide a clearer picture of Mr. Macron’s intentions, even though the hypothesis of an increase in the legal retirement age 62 to 64 years old has been circulating with insistence for several weeks. On the other hand, the message of the unions was clear: no to an extension of the duration of professional careers in order to be able to collect his pension.

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“There is no passage way for a purely parametric measurement in the fall”, hammered Laurent Berger in the courtyard of the Elysée Palace. For the secretary general of the CFDT, it would be “A form of madness” to launch such a project in the coming months, emphasizing “A social and democratic risk”. “The real subject [à l’heure actuelle] is to revive, bring together and support the people in greatest difficulty “, he added. “Everyone insisted on the risks of social tension”, added his counterpart from the CGT, Philippe Martinez, arguing that at the start of the school year, « on [aura] rather need to settle questions of employment, wages ”.

The secretary general of the CGT, Philippe Martinez listening to that of the CFDT, Laurent Berger as they left the Elysee Palace on July 6.

“We will have to reform”

“At the applaudimeter, everyone tells him (…) “not now” “, followed Yves Veyrier, number one of FO. The president of the CFE-CGC, François Hommeril, deplored, for his part, that retirement has become “A political subject” : “It is out of the question to be held hostage to the various elements of the electoral campaign”, he thundered. As for Cyril Chabanier, the leader of the CFTC, he said that “If tomorrow, we go towards a reform that is only financial but forgets all the justice part [sociale], it will be without us “.

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