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Pension reform: the unions welcome the “inflection” of the executive


The tension drops, but for how long? By announcing, Thursday, September 29, a cycle of “consultations” on pension reform, Elisabeth Borne brought a little serenity to the exchanges between the executive and the unions. But the Prime Minister’s offer of dialogue is greeted with circumspection by most employee organizations. Their questions are all the stronger in that they unanimously denounce one of the cardinal points of the project: the postponement to 65 of the age of opening of pension rights, which must be put in place by 2031.

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In principle, negotiations will begin ” next week “the aim being to draw a balance sheet ” before Christmas “almost three months of talks. “We favor the inclusion of this reform in a bill which should be voted on before the end of winter”said Thick headed. The hypothesis of recourse to amendments, adopted this fall in the Social Security budget for 2023, seems ruled out. The unions saw it as a forceful passage, which they were ready to oppose by inviting their activists and the population to take to the streets.

The fact that the power in place is procrastinating is therefore rather well received. “We see that there is a shift in the method we were asking for”says Yvan Ricordeau, national secretary of the CFDT. ” This is a good thing “, reacted Laurent Escure, the secretary general of the UNSA, in a press release. The CFDT wants to seize the hand extended by Mme Thick headed “to put the subjects on the table in the right order” : arduousness, end of career, long career, employment of seniors.

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” This is not serious “

But the deadlines set for the consultation are criticized. “Three months seems short”judge Cyril Chabanier, the president of the CFTC. ” This is not serious “, continues Michel Beaugas, confederal secretary of FO. Above all, he adds, “the corollary of the discussions cannot be a legal retirement age pushed back to 65”. “We don’t want to negotiate the extension of [ce paramètre] », hammered Philippe Martinez, the number one of the CGT, during the demonstration organized, Thursday, in Paris, at the call of its central, the FSU and Solidaires. François Hommeril, the president of the CFE-CGC, is even tougher, doubting the sincerity of his interlocutors at the highest level of the State. “The government says, ‘Look, I’m doing consultation. But it’s archidonic. In this case, communication and appearances take precedence over substance.he regrets.

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