government calendar and upcoming strikes

The government, determined to roll out its timetable, presents its text on pension reform to the Council of Ministers on Monday January 23 before it is examined by parliamentarians. A first day of strikes and demonstrations brought together Thursday, January 19 between one and two million people in the street, the next mobilization is scheduled for January 31.

► The timetable for the reform

After the presentation of the pension reform in the Council of Ministers this Monday, January 23, the text will be examined by the National Assembly around January 30. Once the first version has been validated, it will find itself before the senators around February 6.

In March, shuttles will be possible between the Assembly and the Senate so that parliamentarians agree on the final version of the text. Emmanuel Macron and Élisabeth Borne have repeated several times that they want the reform to come into force in the summer of 2023. But the opposition parliamentarians, tirelessly demanding the pure and simple withdrawal of “age measurements”, intend to prolong the debates.

Deputy François Ruffin (LFI) assured that La France insoumise would bring to the Assembly “determined opposition”. The president of the National Rally, Jordan Bardella, said he expected “difficult and uncertain times”offering a “referendum” as a “top exit”.

► Mobilization dates

The postponement from 62 to 64 of the legal retirement age, a flagship measure of the reform, is unanimously rejected by the unions, as well as by most of the opposition. Consequence: the days of mobilization multiply.

After that of Thursday 19 which brought together from one to two million people, a new date for action was marked by the eight major trade union centers (CFDT, FO, CFE-CGC, CFTC, Unsa, Solidaires and FSU): this will be Tuesday, January 31. The forces of the left (La France insoumise and the Communist Party in particular) have already announced their participation. The National Rally, for its part, is thinking about it.

Before that, targeted days were chosen by several unions. Thursday, January 26 will take place the second strike in the refineries, announced by the CGT oil. Decreases in flow, stoppage of shipments… The mobilization must last forty-eight hours, unlike January 19 when the stoppage of activities lasted twenty-four hours. A next date, that of February 6, is advanced by the unions.

The CGT ports federation has also announced a 24-hour strike for January 26 and calls on dockers and port workers to stop work. Ditto on the side of the CGT federations of chemistry and energy. “For us, the renewable strike is already in place”said the head of the CGT energy federation.


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