“Just the beginning”: strong mobilization against pension reform this January 19

Expectedly, this first big day of mobilization against the pension reform that Emmanuel Macron wants is a success throughout France, with processions provided. According to some police sources, the number of one million demonstrators will be reached. A figure doubled by the unions on their side, with 400,000 people in Paris alone. City where both unions have shown their union against this project, for the first time in a long time.

Photo: Michel Soudais.

The writing of Politics was in the procession of the capital, even holding a stand near the Place de la République, to contact those who oppose the project of Emmanuel Macron and his government.

Photo: Agnes Rousseaux.

Our reporters got opinions from those who came to pound the cement, like Yuma, a freelance sculptor, 25 years old: “I have no confidence that one day I will receive a pension because the liberalization process is not yet finished. Physically, my work is hard, even though it is valued by society. I have breathed in some dangerous agents even though efforts have been made on the part of the companies. Doing this job until you’re 64 seems impossible to me. »

Yuma (Photo: Pierre Jequiez-Zalc.)

Roland 46 years old, representative of the Solidarity union for the suppression of fraud: “We’ve been more successful in mobilizing than in 2019, that’s clear. Because this reform will affect everyone, and it is easy to understand. We towed the Bastille, people took our leaflets very easily. We felt a kind of anger. Personally, I wish I could retire earlier because my partner is older. Retirement is experienced as a couple, it’s a time when we want to build things together. But I can’t stand this reform. It will take me 2 years like everyone else. In the continuation of the movement, I think a good articulation is needed between large mobilizations like today and renewable strikes in specific sectors. I spoke to the guys at SudRail, they are getting ready! »

The youth was despised… and mobilized

Roland. (Photo: Pierre Jequier-Zalc.)

For their part, the youth organizations, which are also united as an inter-union, want to show theirs unit. And theirs determination. As of this morning, many high schools were blocked. In Rennes, several dozen young people gathered in front of the high school of Bréquigny and Jean Macé.

In the capital, police repelled demonstrators with gas in front of the entrance to the Hélène Boucher high school. Burgot and Lamartine high schools were also mobilized.

“As of 11 am, there are about sixty blocked high schools and at least 150 establishments where an action is organized”, welcomed Colin Champion, the president of La Voix Lycienne. “The mobilization will last until the government withdraws its project. This reform is the decline of so many,” he squeaks, recalling that National Education and Higher Education are “more fragile”.

A statementwhere the logos of high schools and student organizations close to the youth movements of the PS, Generation-s, Insoumis, the Ecologists, the PCF also reminded the fight for an RSA for those who have not 25 years old, for one “reform of ambitious scholarships and a revaluation of social minima”. Instead, “the government continues to force its way by denying young people their future rights”.

“Lifelong uncertainty”

For Imane Ouelhadj, the president of Unef since last March, “pension reform condemns young people to eternal uncertainty”. While the first stable job starts at 27, the organization fears that young people today will only retire at 67, not 64, the retirement age the government wants. “And even at the age of 67, we are not sure if we will live our retirement with dignity”, added the student in the second year of a license in political science at the University of Paris-Nanterre. Unef calls for retirement at age 60 and the consideration of years of study.

Of the claims who will the executive listen to? Not sure, how youth organizations have been considered since the beginning of the discussions. Etienne Matignon, president of Fage, regrets a “consultation” in the form of an empty shell. “It was a one-hour meeting. We are not considered. However, we young people and students, we must be accepted in every major reform. The government is not playing the integration game. On our side, we know that we are united. Until withdrawal, added one who made the student’s precariousness his hobby.

Etienne Matignon, President of La Fage:

“We young people have things to say about pension reform. The government did not even consult us. What we are asking for is the withdrawal of this bill, which is unfair to us, our parents, our grandparents and all those in dangerous situations who have to take their own lives longer. Our issues need to be included in important bills. Young people need to be considered more. We were received once in Matignon following the inter-union statement. A 1 hour meeting. The big consultation of 3 years ago did not take place this year. We will act within the framework of the inter-union. We know that youth and students are united. »

Imane Ouelhadj, President of UNEF:

“Pension reform is condemning young people to a lifetime of uncertainty. It condemns us to a life of food distribution, which now represents our daily life. This is unacceptable. Even though pension seems far away from us when you are a student, it is also a subject for young people. Pensions are the pinnacle of life: however, dreaming of a bright future in France is complicated. With inflation, a youth unemployment rate… Pension reform means forcing young people to work until they are over 64, because the first stable job starts at 27. And even at age 67, we are not sure to live our retirement with dignity. We are calling for retirement at age 60 and the consideration of school years. »

Colin Champion, president of the Voix Lycéenne :

“This unit looks great. Young people, we all agree. Retirement at 64 is not. Chosen at 18, uncertain at 20 in a context where National Education and Higher Education, which is further weakened under this government. 35, 40 of us per class. Pension reform is the last straw. At 11 a.m., approximately sixty high schools were blocked and 150 were mobilized. In all large cities, there is a demonstration with many young processions. Retirement is the ultimate return to society. If the government will not listen to us, this mobilization will have to last. We will find out how to agree to the withdrawal. This is just the beginning! »


In addition, journalists from Politics posted snapshots of the mobilization on social media throughout the day, including an interview with LFI’s Mathilde Panot. Here is a small panel.

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