Between trade union organizations, the return of competition

By Thomas Engrand

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Marylise Léon, general secretary of the CFDT and Sophie Binet, general secretary of the CGT. AFP / ALAIN JOCARD / AFP / ALAIN JOCARD

DECRYPTION – The era of sacred union during the conflict against pension reform is over, as proven by the joint decision to put the inter-union on standby.

“It’s historic, the CFDT becomes the first union organization at Flunch, ahead of the CGT, which loses 13 points, and FO.” In recent weeks, this type of message has multiplied on the social network X (formerly Twitter). The competitive atmosphere is back between the union organizations after the sacred union during the conflict against the pension reform. With 14 mobilizations shoulder to shoulder, they had in fact accustomed the French not to let “the thickness of a cigarette paper” between their positions, according to the words used at the time by Laurent Berger, then number one of the CFDT. A time not so long ago but bygone, as evidenced by the joint decision to put the inter-union on standbywhich should be recorded during a meeting at the CFDT headquarters, Friday 1er December. If the absence of strong and unifying demands is put forward by several leaders to explain this choice which has become inevitable, it is impossible not to see the influence…

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