August 4, 2021

For Laurent Berger, a pension reform before the presidential election would be “madness”

The secretary general of the CFDT, Laurent Berger, estimated Monday, June 7 that it would be “madness” to initiate a pension reform before the presidential election of 2022, refusing, however, to “overreact” while the executive n has not yet presented his project.

” This is not the moment. (…) We continue to say what we have been saying for months: there is no room for a peaceful debate around the question of pensions before the presidential election. Whatever option is chosen, it would appear totally flammable ”, Berger told Agence-France Presse (AFP). “The time has come for the recovery, for the repair of the ordeal that we have gone through, from which not everyone comes out unscathed (…). There will be people who will stay by the side of the road; fatigue, weariness, sometimes anger. So there’s no need to add fuel to the fire ”, underlined the secretary general of the CFDT.

Asked about the possible abandonment of the point-based pension system that the CFDT called for, Mr. Berger delayed, claiming to have “Sources which [lui] say that there is nothing arbitrary “. “Now everyone will take their share of the responsibility. A purely parametric approach is an approach that would not suit us at all, everyone knows that ”, adds the boss of the reformist union.

Divided majority

Thursday, June 3, the President of the Republic relaunched the subject, judging that the reform could not be resumed ” as is “ but warning that he would not hesitate to make “difficult” decisions between now and the presidential election in spring 2022. The majority is divided on the merits of relaunching the debate on this ultra-sensitive reform project. For his part, the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, recently felt that France needed it. ” so that [le] pay-as-you-go pension system is financially viable ”.

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Originally conceived as one of the great reforms of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency, the pension reform sparked large protests and strike movements at the end of 2019 and at the beginning of 2020. The reform had been suspended with the entry of France into a first period of confinement due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

From the summer of 2020, when Jean Castex was appointed head of government to replace Edouard Philippe, Emmanuel Macron said he was “Open to what [la réforme] be transformed “, without considering its abandonment. Under pressure from employee unions and the pandemic, a first postponement was decided.

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The World with AFP