VIDEO. “It is clearly the most visible mobilization”: in Paris, the demonstrators fully behind the garbage collectors
On strike since March 7, the protest movement against the reform of the pensions of Parisian garbage collectors (and those of several other large cities in the country), has gained momentum. Like that of the railway workers or the refineries, the garbage collectors’ strike is one that can be seen and that weighs perhaps even more in the mobilization. We went to ask the question to demonstrators in the Parisian procession this Wednesday, who for the most part massively support the action of the Parisian agentswhile parliamentarians are called upon to vote tomorrow for or against the reform.
“With us, in the National Education, we can block things quite a bit. But it is true that we rely more on garbage collectors, with also the transport trades to make the movement stronger, ”comments Nicolas, teacher. Emma, an Arts student, is convinced of this. “Garbage collectors can really hurt the government.” Same story for Como. “The garbage collectors’ strike is clearly the most visible. “Others, like Didier, an agent at the SNCF, hope that this mobilization in the waste sector will be able to convince the most undecided: “It is now or never that we must generalize the strike. It is we who are going to set the limits to social regression! “, he believes. ” It’s true that the garbage collectors’ strike is very publicized, notes Benoît, a switchman at the SNCF. But in reality, anyone can go on strike. There are not necessarily blocking sectors and others which are not. If everyone is on strike, that’s how we can make them bend! “, hopes the young man. According to figures from the CGT, nearly 450,000 people marched on Wednesday in the streets of the capital. They were 38,000 according to the police.