The inter-union, perked up, bets on a resurgence of the challenge

The inter-union, perked up, bets on a resurgence of the challenge

Laurent Berger (General Secretary of the CFDT) and Philippe Martinez (General Secretary of the CGT) during the March 15 demonstration against the pension reform. THOMAS SAMSON/AFP

DECRYPTION – Some do not lose hope to see the strikes and blockages, still almost non-existent yesterday with the notable exception of garbage collectors, starting again.

Disrupted traffic on the parisian ring road Friday morning, TotalEnergies refinery in Normandystopped” starting this weekend… The government announcementThursday afternoon, to use 49.3 rather than a vote with a very uncertain outcome, to pass the law on raising the retirement age, gave a boost to social protest.

Many, especially among union leaders, still imagined Thursday morning that the executive would find the necessary votes to obtain a majority in the National Assembly. The announcement, around 3 p.m., of 49.3 therefore took the centrals by surprise, which met urgently the same evening at the headquarters of the CGT. At the exit, if the fatigue was present, the smiles were back. “Forcing the government to use 49.3 is a first victory”, rejoiced Patricia Drevon, Confederal Secretary of FO. Cheered up, the power stations did not have too much trouble agreeing on the need to call for a new day…

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