LIVE – Pension reform: under pressure, the joint joint commission has begun
Crucial day for pension reform. After the accelerated vote in the Senate, seven deputies and seven senators are meeting this Wednesday behind closed doors to try to find a compromise within the framework of a joint joint committee. The text will then be submitted Thursday morning to the Senate, dominated by the right, which will validate it one last time, then to the National Assembly. The threat of 49.3 hangs over .
At the call of the inter-union, an eighth day of action is also scheduled for Wednesday. The movement remains very popular in certain sectors, a little less in others. In the street, from a police source, the information foresees fewer demonstrators than on March 7, the culmination of the mobilization, which had gathered 1.28 million people .
Information to remember
> The joint committee meets this Wednesday
> The strike continues in several sectors
> In Paris, the procession of demonstrators starts at 2 p.m.
“Follow the situation live this Wednesday, March 15
9:44 am – Discussions under pressure, at the CMP
The deputies and senators, who began their discussions shortly after 9 a.m. at the Palais Bourbon, will try to agree on a final text. According to the messages posted live by the leader of the LFI deputies, Mathilde Panot, the exchanges began with a speech by the rapporteurs of the bill in the Assembly and the Senate, who presented their arguments. . Mathilde Panot also spoke to reaffirm her opposition to the text:
🔴 @MathildePanot Take the speech. “I would like to reaffirm our opposition to this bill and to the raising of the retirement age from 62 to 64, an incredible injustice” #DirectAN #CMP
– Parliamentary group La France Insoumise – NUPES (@FiAssemblee) March 15, 2023
9:25 a.m. – Aurélien Pradié confirms that he will vote against the reform
The deputy of Lot, dismissed as executive vice-president of LR by Eric Ciotti , reaffirmed this morning on France Info that he will not vote for the reform. “I haven’t changed my mind since the beginning. I can be blamed for a number of things but not the lack of consistency, ”he explained.
Are you going to vote for pension reform? “I will vote against” if the duration of contributions is not limited to 43 years for long careers, assures Aurélien Pradié. “We unanimously voted for a motion […] The government does not have a majority in the National Assembly. pic.twitter.com/ufTeZ1oDXB
— franceinfo (@franceinfo) March 15, 2023
The deputy says he is ready to seize the Constitutional Council in the event of a forced passage of the government. “I think we will have a constitutional question in the event of 49.3, and I will be one of those who ask it,” says Aurélien Pradié. “I am very worried to see how much of a risk there is of a democratic breakdown in this country.”
9:07 a.m. – “Our desire is not to go through a 49.3”, assures Olivier Véran
The government spokesperson, Olivier Véran, repeated it this morning on Europe 1: the government does not have the will to go through a 49.3 but by a vote. “We are giving ourselves all the means to ensure that the conditions for the vote are met, which will allow us to bring this pension reform to an end,” he explained.
9:02 a.m. – The CMP begins
The seven deputies and seven senators (and as many substitutes) began their meeting at 9 a.m. The discussions took place behind closed doors, at the Palais Bourbon.
8:56 a.m. – Mathilde Panot promises to broadcast the discussions at the CMP
Part of the left has asked that the debates within the CMP this Wednesday be public to avoid, according to the coordinator of La France insoumise, Manuel Bompard, “schemes and shenanigans”. In vain. As a result, the leader of the LFI deputies, Mathilde Panot, who will be part of the CMP, promised to tweet the exchanges and to organize press points outside the room.
A few minutes before the start of the meeting, the deputy published on the social network her proposed amendment:
8:40 a.m. – FOCUS – The ambiguous position of LRs in the face of the 49.3 hypothesis
Bruno Retailleau said this Wednesday morning: “better a 49.3 than no reform at all”. However, the position of LR deputies on the subject seems more complex. The hypothesis of an adoption without a vote has many advantages for the right, uncertain about abstention in its own ranks and in a hurry to get out of the trap of pensions.
8:20 am – “If the CMP is not conclusive, it’s dead”
Bruno Retailleau, leader of the LRs in the Senate, said he was “worried” this Wednesday not to see unanimity among the LR deputies in favor of the reform. “I have no certainty (about the vote of the LR deputies in the Assembly),” he said on France Inter. “I say to those who are reluctant to vote for the text that the policy is a clear line,” he added. “This is our reform. This reform, we have designed and voted for four years in the Senate. What would we have looked like so brutally we would have turned our jackets around? What damages politics the most is inconstancy, ”said Bruno Retailleau.
“If the CMP is not conclusive, it’s dead, we will have 49.3”, he assures. But “it is better to 49.3 than no reform at all”, according to Senator LR, who recalls that “there are no reforms that do not result in strong challenges”.
8:05 a.m. – “I am convinced that this CMP can succeed,” says Dussopt
“I hope it will be conclusive. “The Minister of Labour, Olivier Dussopt, declared, this Wednesday morning on Public Senate, that he hoped that the deputies and senators meeting in a joint joint committee will find “a compromise text”. “I am convinced that this CMP can succeed in particular because there are common points between what the majority in the Assembly and the senatorial majority in the Senate defend,” he said.
Then, in the Assembly, on Thursday, “if all the deputies who are attached to the survival of the pay-as-you-go system, to intergenerational solidarity, to the best consideration of hardship […] vote for a text in which they find themselves, there will be no problem of majority”, he assures. “The text meets the expectations of the presidential majority, but it is also a text that meets the expectations of many opposition parties, in particular the Republicans. The conditions are met,” he said. “We want to be able to go to the vote with a majority which in our eyes exists on this text”.
8:00 a.m. – Electricians and gas workers mobilized, refineries mark time
The electricity sector remains very mobilized on Wednesday. Already on Tuesday, nuclear, thermal and hydraulic power plants experienced production cuts, in addition to punch actions, such as at the Enedis headquarters in Limoges, whose access was blocked by trucks.
On the gas side, the four French LNG terminals have voted to renew their strike action until the beginning of next week. On the other hand, in most refineries, the strikers are reluctant to shut down the sites completely when stocks are almost full. At the TotalEnergies refinery in Feyzin (Rhône), fuel shipments should however be interrupted again this Wednesday.
The strike also continues at the other oil groups. In particular at the Esso-ExxonMobil refinery in Fos-sur-Mer (Bouches-du-Rhône) and at the Petroineos refinery in Lavera (Bouches-du-Rhône), according to the CGT.
7:50 a.m. – The transport strike is running out of steam
Mobilization seems to be running out of steam in certain sections of transport. On the rail side, traffic will nevertheless remain disrupted this Wednesday, with in particular 3 out of 5 TGVs and difficulties in Ile-de-France, according to management.
In the air, the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) asked airlines to cancel this Wednesday 20% of their flights at Paris-Orly due to a strike by air traffic controllers. Flight cancellations for this new day of interprofessional mobilization are thus expected to be fewer than last week.
> The garbage collectors’ strike renewed in Paris, Darmanin requests a requisition of staff
“At least until March 20”: the garbage collectors and cleaning agents of the City of Paris, who contest the pension reform project, voted on Tuesday to continue their strike in the capital where trash is piling up on the sidewalks. In the middle of the evening, because of the “sanitary conditions” prevailing in Paris, Gérald Darmanin instructed the Paris police chief, Laurent Nunez, to ask the town hall to “requisition” means in order to evacuate the garbage.
> The government appeals to the right
Elisabeth Borne assured, on Tuesday during questions to the government in the National Assembly, that a positive vote by right-wing deputies on her pension reform would not be interpreted as “support for the government”, launching a new appeal to these voices. crucial. “A majority exists, which is not afraid of reforms, even unpopular ones, when they are necessary,” she added.
> Valérie Rabault believes in the shared initiative referendum
The Socialist MP said on Tuesday that she believed “a lot” in the possibility of a shared initiative referendum (RIP) to counter the government’s pension reform. Recalling that this would “block for nine months the implementation of this reform”, and perhaps more.