the CFDT calls for “a loyal dialogue”, but no retirement at 65, warns Berger

retirement at age 65, « c’est not ». The CFDT will participate in consultations with the government on pensions, but “The dialogue will have to be open and fair”said the boss of the first French union, Laurent Berger.

“It is not for the CFDT to boycott the consultations”underlines the secretary general of the organization in an interview with Sunday newspaperbefore a week punctuated by an inter-union meeting on Monday and another with the Minister of Labor a few days later. “There are many subjects on which we have proposals such as the minimum contribution, hardship, employment of seniors… But the 65s, we are going to fight them”he added.

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Raising the retirement age, « c’est not »insisted Laurent Berger. “Today, the age factor no longer makes much sense: employees leave on average at 63.1 years old. Going back to 65 is a brutal measure” et “There is no question of arguing with a gun to your head”. For him, we must stop “taking the French for idiots. The risk of fiscal imbalance linked to the baby boom has been brought under control ».

Opposed to a “forced passage”

The Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, announced Thursday that a consultation on the pension reform would begin the following week with the social partners, with a view to a bill which will have to be adopted. “before the end of winter”. A tight schedule, but still less than the hypothesis of an amendment to the Social Security budget, which had provoked an outcry from the unions.

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This new consultation on pensions was favorably received by the unions, unanimously opposed to a “forced passage” this autumn. However, they specified that they were now waiting for the executive to show ” loyalty “.

The CFDT will also continue to participate in the National Council for Refoundation (CNR), formed on the initiative of Emmanuel Macron, said Mr. Berger. And “like all the other unions”the CFDT will not take part in the march against high prices on October 16, organized by La France insoumise (LFI), the Socialist Party (PS), Europe Ecology-The Greens (EELV), and other organizations. “We must not confuse political approach and trade union action”according to the head of the CFDT.

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The World with AFP

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