Emmanuel Macron’s anti-pension reform movement overtook that of 1995 on Friday.
This Friday, December 27 marks an important symbolic step for the social movement against the pension reform. With this 23rd consecutive strike day at SNCF and RATP, the conflict, which began on December 5, exceeds in duration that of 1995 against Alain Juppé’s pension reform. A movement to which the current strike has often been compared.
24 years ago, the movement began on November 24 and ended on December 15, when the government announced the withdrawal of its reform plan. These three weeks of conflict had been marked by several demonstrations gathering between 1 and 2 million demonstrators.
The conflict is not about to end
While train and transport traffic in Île-de-France is still very disrupted this week, this year’s strike seems doomed to last at least several more days. A day of action is already planned throughout France for Saturday and the approach of the New Year does not seem to affect the determination of the strikers. “We do not stop when we have lost 20 or 25 days of salary, just because it is New Year”, replied Tuesday the secretary general of the CGT-Cheminots, Laurent Brun, in an interview with L ‘ Humanite.
Same determination on the side of the government, which wants to replace the 42 existing pension plans with a “universal system” by points. Laurent Pietraszewski, the “Monsieur Retraites”, repeated it again this week: it is out of the question to return to the “abolition of special regimes”.
The next social partners’ meeting with the executive will only take place after the end of the school holidays, Tuesday 7 January, and a day of demonstration is planned two days later. If the strike lasted until then, this day would mark the 36th day of conflict, eight days longer than the SNCF strike of 1986.