Expected for December 15, the presentation of the pension reform by the executive has been postponed to January 10. Republican Eric Ciotti sees it as “an alibi for hesitation”, LFI is delighted with a “first victory”, the unions are wary.
The President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, announced on December 12 the postponement to January 10 of the presentation of the pension reform, initially planned for the Council of Ministers of December 15.
“This allows us to have a few more weeks so that those who […] have just taken on responsibilities can, on some key elements of the reform, discuss with the government”, justified the Head of State by opening the second plenary session of the National Council for Refoundation (CNR) at the Elysium.
A transparent allusion to the party congresses last weekend at the end of which Eric Ciotti was elected head of the Republicans (LR) and Marine Tondelier appointed national secretary of Europe Ecology-The Greens (EELV). Emmanuel Macron also mentioned the elections in the public service which “prevented certain discussions with the trade unions”.
“The government does not yet know very well where it is going. Their text is not ready”, reacted to AFP the deputy LR of the Alpes-Maritimes Eric Ciotti. And to add: “For the moment I feel this as an alibi for hesitation, more than a concern for negotiation.”
For LFI “Macron is already retreating”
Many opponents have announced that they are preparing to block it by all means, from the streets to Parliament, the rebellious France calling in particular for a mobilization on January 21, in line with its “march against the high cost of living”. “First victory! The retirement project at 65 is not yet presented that Macron is already retreating”, reacted on Twitter Mathilde Panot, head of the LFI deputies, confirming the action of January 21.
The retirement project at 65 has not yet been presented and Macron is already retreating!
Macronie and its world of misfortune are in perdition: the people can’t take it anymore and don’t want it anymore.
See you on January 21 to make them give up ✊🏻 pic.twitter.com/WE4EUeQAxc
— Mathilde Panot (@MathildePanot) December 12, 2022
The government has specified the timetable for the next few weeks. Thus Elisabeth Borne will begin a series of meetings with the presidents of parliamentary groups on December 12, 14 and 15, according to Matignon who adds that she will receive professional organizations and trade union organizations “the week of January 2”. The text should then be adopted by the Council of Ministers on January 18 or 25.
To prepare the spirits, the executive multiplies the interviews with the press, the work meetings at Matignon and the dinners at the top at the Elysée. However, the Prime Minister’s announcements seem to be known in advance and suggest a postponement of the legal retirement age from 62 to 64 or even 65 years old.
The trade unions have acted on the postponement, questioning the motivations of the government. “I think the executive is very worried – and he is right – about what the mobilization will be in January,” noted François Hommeril, president of the CFE-CGC. According to the union leader, the government “has put itself into a dead end”, and “extending this consultation for two weeks or a month does not change anything”.
Same story on the side of the CGT which deplores “a bizarre announcement” showing “the feverishness” of the government. “They see that they are not winning ideologically on the reform. The population remains opposed”, estimated the confederal secretary, Céline Verzeletti.
Coming into force in summer 2023
On the side of the CFTC, we wanted to be a little more optimistic. “This is a good thing. The agenda was going too fast, we didn’t have time to be listened to, we were working in a hurry”, reacted Pascale Coton, vice-president of the organization. “We hope it’s not just so that the French have a good holiday and a good party,” she added.
“If the government takes time to listen to us, maybe we will be able to convince it, but if it’s simply to save time…”, declared Dominique Corona, deputy secretary general of the ‘Unsa.
Despite this postponement, the government wants to maintain the vote on the bill in the spring and entry into force in the summer. An emergency justified for the executive by the lasting return of deficits, which would exceed 12 billion in 2027.
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