The CGT calls for a “dead ports” day on Thursday against the pension reform

Opponents of pension reform are not giving up. While the government bill received the green light from the Senate on Saturday, new days of protest are scheduled for this week. In particular in the ports of France where the CGT called Monday for three days of work stoppage with a day “dead ports” in conclusion Thursday.

“We are not here to block the economy, we are here to obtain the withdrawal of the project”, launched during a press conference in Martigues, near Marseille, Serge Coutouris, deputy secretary general of the National Federation CGT of ports and docks. “Thursday, throughout the day, nothing comes in and nothing comes out” of the ports, he assured, recalling that the CGT was in the majority in all the ports of France except that of Dunkirk.

Amplification of the struggle

At his side, several representatives of the CGT of Bouches-du-Rhône, and in particular the general secretary of the union in the department, Olivier Mateu, promised an “amplification” and a “diversification” of the movement to fight against the pension reform , especially if the government used Article 49.3 of the Constitution to push it through. “It is up to the government to keep things within a republican and democratic framework, if there is 49.3, inevitably that will change the conditions of the conflict”, declared Olivier Mateu: “If the government uses 49.3, there will be no no more rules for anyone”.

Olivier Mateu also welcomed the “renewable strike by the employees” of Fluxel, operators of the Fos and Lavéra oil terminals, which provide the connection between the oil tankers and their customers in the port. “If we had any advice for the government, it would be to withdraw the reform as quickly as possible, and if we had any advice to give to comrades who get up in the morning to go to work, it would be to fill up, because that won’t last forever,” he said.

The government is hunting for votes in the Assembly to succeed in having its project adopted without resorting to Article 49.3 of the Constitution. The negotiations will notably continue on Wednesday, a new day of mobilization in the streets, in a joint joint committee (7 deputies and 7 senators), in the hope that the National Assembly and the Senate will reach an agreement, which will then have to be validated Thursday.

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