CGT steelworkers in the street to defend the social “gains” of their branch – RT in French
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According to the CGT, nearly 6,000 demonstrators gathered on November 25 in Paris to defend the social “gains” of employees in the metallurgy. They wanted to denounce the national collective agreement negotiated with the employers.
Some 6,000 people, according to the CGT, marched on November 25 in Paris to defend the social “achievements” of employees in the metallurgy and denounce the national collective agreement (CCN) negotiated with the employers of this branch, according to a journalist from the ‘AFP. Coming from Ardèche, Rhône, Moselle, Pas-de-Calais, Seine-Maritime or Mayenne, employees of Thales, Airbus, ArcelorMittal, Valeo, Stellantis or Renault, the demonstrators wore chasubles and flags in the colors of the CGT, indicating the name of their company or department. A sign protested in particular “against the abolition of the seniority bonus”.
In the text negotiated for five years, “it is a step backwards of 50 years”, with “the breakage of classifications [des métiers], the breakdown of social dialogue … All that we had obtained through the struggle for years, ”lamented to AFP Frédéric Sanchez, general secretary of the CGT federation of metallurgy, the second representative union of the branch .
[DIRECT] At the call of the CGT, thousands of steelworkers came from all over France to demonstrate in Paris against a historic attack by employers which will seriously degrade their working conditions. pic.twitter.com/g2MsWABk5J
– Permanent Revolution (@RevPermanente) November 25, 2021
Currently, the metallurgy branch has 78 collective agreements, including 76 regional agreements, a national agreement for executives and a national agreement for the steel industry alone. Trade unions have been negotiating a single national text since 2016 with the Union of Metallurgical Industries and Trades (UIMM), the sector’s employers’ organization.
In Paris for the national demonstration of metallurgy against the new national convention under negotiation.
All the steelworkers from all over France met in front of the UIMM headquarters.
– CGT GE VILLEURBANNE (@cgt_ge) November 25, 2021
The future CCN will include different themes: on remuneration, working time, training or even social protection, the last subject under discussion.
The mobilization of this November 25 “is not a last stand”, according to Frédéric Sanchez
Negotiations are to be completed by the end of the year. The CFDT and CFE-CGC metallurgy federations have told AFP that they should decide in January whether or not to sign the agreement. But the mobilization of this November 25 “is not a last stand”, according to Frédéric Sanchez. The CGT official, whose federation “will launch a consultation aimed at all employees in the metallurgy” – or about 1.4 million people – promised to continue the battle, “even if the agreement is signed »By the other unions (CFDT, CFE-CGC and FO).
In addition to the Parisian demonstration, there was this November 25 “many calls to strike in companies”, according to Frédéric Sanchez. For its part, the UIMM told AFP that “the overhaul” underway – a “historic project” – “aims to build the social model of the industry of tomorrow by taking into account new changes in work and combining social progress and economic development ”. “Discussions with the trade unions are continuing in a constructive and responsible spirit in the face of the challenge of the re-industrialization of the country”, added the employers’ organization.
“We are fighting for a high-level collective agreement for all,” summarizes Bettina Winterstein, union leader in the Bas-Rhin. Objective: “To bend the UIMM”, she hopes.
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