Strike and blockages: French truck drivers join the mobilization against pension reform

ER Editor: A major national strike is planned for today in France, Tuesday March 7, against Macron’s planned pension reform. This is the topic that seems to get the French out in droves (as opposed to 3 years of medical tyranny, virtually forced vaccination, etc., etc., PLUS Yellow Vest action over poverty starting in November, 2018). Finally, the French are mobilized, with the bought-out unions playing a major role. The RT report below (machine-translated) is from yesterday, as different unions were calling for their members to begin strike action. Here are some tweets from this morning.

The videos below show strike action at one of Paris’ airports, as well as at different cities around the country. The second tweet shows there being 550 instances of strike action organized.


#General strike France


Strike and blockages: truck drivers join the mobilization against the pension reform

RT France

Several road transport unions have planned to join the actions of March 7 to toughen the tone against the government, which has not yet encountered any major snags in getting its pension reform through Parliament.

Some truck drivers could go on strike as of March 5 in the evening, with blockages which would take place from the morning of the 6th, as part of the mobilization against the pension reform , after a call for mobilization from several unions.

The National Federation of Transport and Logistics Force Ouvrière-UNCP called in a press release “all road drivers to stop from Sunday evening March 5 at 10 p.m.”, adding that work stoppages will then be renewed “on March 6, 7…”. On the other hand, the Federal Road Union FGTE-CFDT, the majority union, only called for mobilization for March 7, at the same time as the other sectors.

Two more years of work, according to the unions

According to Le Parisien, “multiple actions are planned throughout the territory from [March 6] in the morning”, with in particular blockages of logistics platforms and industrial zones in Hauts-de-France and in the Paris region, as well as snail operations on the outskirts of major cities.

Asked about BFM, the secretary general of the FNTL FO, Patrice Clos, on the other hand refused to reveal the place of the actions. “We realized that when we warned certain journalists, the police were there before us, […] so we will warn people at the last moment,” he said.

The union explains that the government’s pension reform will also concern truck drivers, who will have to work two more years despite the end-of-activity leave (CFA) they benefit from, which allows them to leave earlier. “The departure from the CFA will no longer be at 57 but at 59,” said FO in its press release.

For his part, the Minister of Transport Clément Beaune, questioned on March 5 on the prospect of a possible blockage of the country or a threat to fuel supplies, refused to believe it: “I discussed with the unions again yesterday evening. They are extremely responsible so I do not believe that we will be in an irresponsible or blocking movement, we will do everything to avoid it”, he declared on France 3. “I do not exclude that there could be have very targeted and very specific actions, but I believe that it will be isolated”, he added.

A national strike movement, renewable in certain sectors, is scheduled for March 7 to oppose the pension reform. In certain sectors, such as gas and electricians, the mobilization began on March 3, with load reductions already observed in several power stations in France.




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