France’s Nine Biggest Unions Join Together for Million-Worker Strike

(TELESUR) – For the first time in their history, the nine largest French workers unions -including the General Confederation of Labour (CGT), the French Democratic Confederation of Labour (CFDT) and the Workers’ Force (FO)- summoned millions of citizens on Thursday to protest against President Emmanuel Macron’s reforms which seek to change contracting modalities, reduce the right to organize and eliminate about 120,000 jobs.

Although there were hundreds of demonstrations throughout the country, the largest protest occurred in Paris, where the CGT alone managed to gather easily 30,000 people. French workers from different sectors, who were already upset by the pension reform and their decreasing purchasing power, slammed a bill seeking an unprecedented labor flexibilization.

Basically, they rejected a proposal which aims to replace officials having tenure by hired personnel, implement temporary contracts that could be renewed for up to six years, set mechanisms to establish “individualized” remunerations and formalize a sort of “agreed” dismissal.

The Budget, Public Accounts and Civil Administration Minister, Olivier Dussopt, warned that such bill will not be negotiated or withdrawn.

“We have had fifteen months of the agreement, six weeks of official consultations and we have accepted many amendments,” Dussopt said and recalled that the Macron government was willing to give up its goal of eliminating 120,000 jobs in the public sector.