the main unions report violence

Collection of "yellow jackets" on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, 24 November 2018. BENJAMIN GIRETTE / HANS LUCAS FOR "THE WORLD"

Seven major trade unions reported on Thursday 6 December "Any form of violence in the expression of claims" "yellow jackets". The day before, Emmanuel Macron had asked political parties and social partners to do so "Make a clear and explicit invitation to calm".

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This is the first time they have been around the same table since the beginning of the crisis. Judging that the mobilization of "yellow jackets" has "Admitting the expression of a legitimate rage"Also CFDT, CGT, FO, CFE-CGC, CFTC, UNSA and FSU call "The government finally guarantees real negotiations"after a meeting between the respective general secretaries at the CFDT headquarters.

Union Syndicale solidaires, however, refused to sign the joint declaration, declaring it "Irresponsible" the absence of a joint day of action, explained its spokesperson, Eric Beynel.

Purchasing power, salaries, accommodation, transport, presence and accessibility to public services, taxation … "The government, with much delay, has finally opened the doors of dialogue", the unions say in their statement. organizations "We will work hard, each one with [ses] own claims and proposals, in common when possible ".


But the CGT decided on Thursday to refuse the invitation of the Minister of Labor. Muriel Pénicaud proposed to start "Discussions from Friday" with the social partners and local authorities, together with the transport minister, Elisabeth Borne, on the mobility premium or transport premium.

The union refuses to leave itself "Recover" from the government, "Who is trying to find a" national unity "? in the middle of the crisis of "yellow jackets". According to the CGT, "Violence is first social" and there is "Urgency to increase the smic to 1,800 euros, pensions, social minimums, index of the thaw point". The union requires "The immediate opening of negotiations on the social emergency".

Strike of road transport

Received Thursday at the Ministry of Transport, the CGT unions and road transport FO maintained their call to the strike from Sunday evening to protest against the cancellation of overtime increases. But they can raise it if they get to "Written commitment" employers on this subject.

"For the time being, there will be a strike from Sunday evening 22 hours and there is no formal commitment from employers […], a written guarantee » on the maintenance of compensation for overtime, said Patrice Clos, FO-Transport's general secretary, at the end of the meeting. "We ask the leaders to engage in an agreement that can be done tonight, tomorrow morning …"said Jean-Marc Lambert of CGT-Transports.

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