For the former social adviser of Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee, Raymond Soubie, a withdrawal of the pivotal age would not calm the most radical opponents of the pension reform, CGT in mind, and would leave the question of deficit. The subject is on the menu of the “fundraising conference” organized this Friday January 10 in Matignon.
Challenges – After 36 days of strike in public transport and the strong mobilization of January 9, do you think that the movement against pension reform will eventually run out of steam?
Raymond Soubie – In matters of social conflict, forecasts are hazardous and the greatest caution is required. In 1968, the country was blocked in a few days, while France was experiencing a period of strong growth. Today, the strikers are torn between continuing the conflict to obtain an unlikely withdrawal from the reform and returning to work to avoid losing too much money. In view of the concessions granted to SNCF and RATP agents and the length of the conflict, I am more inclined towards slowing down mobilization in transport.
Could other hotbeds of contestation emerge?
This is the whole risk of a reform like this one which affects all professional categories. There is great concern among teachers and hospital staff. Likewise, certain liberal professions, such as lawyers, defend tooth and nail their independent pension funds. Clearly, the government is not immune to new professions mobilizing and somehow taking over from the strike in public transport.
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