the CFDT will oppose “by all means” a measure in the Social Security budget

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The secretary general of the CFDT Laurent Berger, announced this Sunday that the union “will oppose by all means” a pension reform which would go through an amendment to the Social Security Financing Bill. The secretary general stresses that he is ready to leave the discussion table if the government sticks to its position.

The CFDT “will oppose by all means” a pension reform that would go through an amendment to the Social Security Financing Bill (PLFSS), including leaving the table of discussions of the National Council for Refoundation ( CNR), said its secretary general Laurent Berger on Sunday.

“(If) there is an amendment in the PLFSS on pensions, the CFDT, de facto, it comes out of the CNR and discussions on all subjects”, warned Laurent Berger on France Inter. “Yes we will go out because there will be disloyalty”, insisted the boss of the first French union, denouncing in advance a “brutal measure” which would show a “form of contempt for the trade unions”.

“Divisive” decision

French President Emmanuel Macron promised during his campaign to raise the legal retirement age to 65. The executive has not ruled out that the reform will be adopted quickly, via the PLFSS presented on September 26 in the Council of Ministers and then examined in Parliament. A “divisive” decision that contradicts the “willingness to listen and openness” displayed by Emmanuel Macron within the framework of the CNR, Laurent Berger had already said last week.

The CFDT, which will not participate in the demonstration at the call of the CGT on September 29, is ready to join forces with the other trade union organizations on the subject of pensions: “if there is a passage through the PLFSS, the CFDT, with the other trade unions (…) we will react together (…) We will react by all the means which are those of the trade union movement”, he said.

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