“We were almost unanimous. We told the president that carrying out the pension reform in the fall was a form of madness”, said the boss of the CFDT, Tuesday, July 6, on the steps of the Elysee. Laurent Berger participated, with seven other leaders of the major trade union centers, in a meeting around Emmanuel Macron on the recovery, the health context but also and above all the explosive subject of pensions.
Prime Minister Jean Castex as well as the Ministers of Economy and Labor, Bruno Le Maire and Elisabeth Borne, also took part in this meeting which did not give rise to any announcement.
A speech by the President of the Republic is expected by mid-July, which should help define the course for the end of the five-year term, in particular on the reforms he wishes to launch. “Emmanuel Macron told us he would speak next week”, confirmed the leader of the CGT, Philippe Martinez. The latter also mentioned his wish for an increased minimum wage: “I again asked that the minimum wage be increased, it is the only measure that allows the increase of the first and second lines (…) I had a categorical no from the Minister of Labor. “
For his part and unsurprisingly, the boss of Medef, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, once again said he was in favor of the pension reform: “We discussed pensions together. The president recalled that all countries have made this type of reform. Without revealing their intentions to us. We are in favor but we wonder about the timing.”