Faced with Elisabeth Borne, the unions present themselves in a position of strength


IInvited to Matignon, Tuesday May 16 and Wednesday May 17, for a long-awaited resumption of dialogue, the five representative trade union confederations (CFDT, CGT, FO, CFTC, CFE-CGC) will not present themselves as The Burghers of Calais, submitted, the noose around his neck, acknowledging their defeat. Despite thirteen days of strong mobilization, for more than four months, they did not push back Emmanuel Macron, inflexible in his desire to postpone the legal retirement age from 62 to 64. They have one last card to play, with the examination, on June 8 in the National Assembly, of a bill from the Freedoms, Independents, Overseas and Territories group aimed at repealing the reform.

To support this approach, a fourteenth day of action is scheduled for June 6th. But the hope is tenuous, because even if a majority of deputies vote for this text, it has no chance of crossing the obstacle of the Senate, dominated by a right favorable to the postponement to 64 years. You will therefore have to open a new page.

The unions, endowed with a rehabilitated image in public opinion – which overwhelmingly supported their fight and praised their sense of responsibility – will meet Elisabeth Borne in a position of strength. If she wants to change the method and give food for thought to social dialogue, the Prime Minister is obliged to give pledges.

Read also the editorial of “Le Monde”: Pension reform: the winning unions despite everything

No agenda has been established for the talks, but Laurent Berger, who played a major role in a dispute of which he took the leadership, sketched out a roadmap. The secretary general of the CFDT – who, in ten years of mandate, has hoisted his central to the first rank – will pass the baton, on June 21, to Marylise Léon. It will publish on May 19 From contempt to anger. Essay on France at work (Threshold, 144 p., €12). A very evocative title, which sums up both his resentment towards Emmanuel Macron and the passion that was at the heart of his action.

“Common Proposals”

Mr. Berger, who does not hear “blablater” with Mme Terminal, but wants ” negotiate “outlined his expectations, which are so many requirements, in an interview with The Obs, May 10. “Some victories are possible, he points out, especially on salaries. The minima are below the minimum wage in 151 professional branches out of 171. He proposes to open a discussion on the four-day week in companies and to provide for compulsory agreements on the employment of seniors. ” We think, he adds, that the government must undertake to really discuss the proposals of the trade union organizations on subjects that affect life at work. (…) So we have things to get. But on one condition: that the government really wants to listen. »

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