Salaries, pensions…: the CGT struggles to mobilize in the street

Posted Sep 29, 2022, 7:26 PM

The burst did not take place. The mobilization launched by the CGT with only the FSU and Solidaires for this Thursday had test value on the social climate. It confirmed the sluggishness that prevails in this new school year after a spring marked by wage tensions.

The CGT leader Philippe Martinez spoke this Thursday morning on France 2 “number of strike calls in companies”, judging “the level already very high”. But, if there were pockets of protest, especially in the nuclear sector or at TotalEnergies, the movement did not spread.

” It is urgent to take action “

The parades also remained modest. “Increase in wages, social minima, scholarships and pensions, it is urgent to act”, said the banner which opened the Parisian procession whose CGT estimated the number of demonstrators at 40,000 but which had significantly fewer and which had joined several left-wing political leaders, including the communist Fabien Roussel, the rebellious Mathilde Panot, the socialist Olivier Faure or the ecologist Sandrine Rousseau. Jean-Luc Mélenchon himself marched in Marseille where 4,300 people demonstrated, according to the police.

The Ministry of National Education reported at midday a strike rate of 11.01% among teachers. The Snes-FSU claimed for its part “30% of strikers” in colleges and high schools. For the primary, the Snuipp-FSU has identified 20%.

On retreats, mass is not said

In any case, this day of action will have allowed the CGT to distance itself from the demonstration “against high cost of living and climate inaction” organized by the Insoumis, the socialists and the ecologists on October 16.

Difficult to draw conclusions from the lack of success of this Thursday’s initiative on a possible mobilization against the pension reform. The opening by the government of a consultation over two and a half months has certainly reduced the pressure a little, but the mass is not said.

“The situation today is elusive because we don’t know what state society is in,” comments a union official from a confederation other than the CGT, who adds: “It’s hard to say whether everyone is going to keep their heads in the sand or if there is going to be a spark that will ignite the social climate, but the most beautiful of matches is the extension of the legal retirement age to 65”.

On September 23, 2010, between 1 million people according to the police and 3 million according to the CGT and the CFDT, including 300,000 in Paris, marched against the raising of the retirement age from 60 to 62 years.

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