France backs national strike

PARIS, March 6th. — 56 percent of French people support the general strike that unions announced to start on Tuesday against pension reform, a poll shows.

According to a public opinion poll conducted by the Elabe agency – one of France’s authoritative public opinion bodies – for the BFM television channel, almost all socio-professional categories support the unions’ decision to paralyze the country as a new resource for the government to abandon their project, according to Prensa Latina.

Raising the statutory retirement age from 62 to 64 remains at the center of the rejection of the reform being considered in the Senate these days, although the lengthening of the insurance period and the abolition of special pension regimes also cause discomfort.

The investigation is getting support for the strike from at least seven of 10 workers, employees and followers of La Francia Insumisa leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

In contrast, only 25 percent of those who voted for re-elected President Emmanuel Macron will join the protest.

After mass mobilizations on January 19 and 31 and February 7, 11 and 16, the unions decided to reinforce their actions by calling for a general strike at the government’s insistence on reform.

Other polls conducted by Elabe itself and by the French Institute of Public Opinion in recent months have shown opposition to the retirement project and support for the protests.

However, the executive defends the text, arguing that the financial deficit in the French pension system will become unsustainable by 2030 unless more work is done and adjustments are made, criteria rejected by detractors who deny the existence of such an urgency.

Source: Juventud Rebelde


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