The recent strikes in France have revealed how much unrest there is against the government’s economic reform plans. There is a rare the unions of France united. Surveys show that the majority of French people are opposed to the changes. The changes are likely to impact the country’s cost of living. This Thursday, there will be protests across France. Although the result of these protests isn’t sure, Helena Ivanov, from the Henry Jackson Society, believes that they may force the president Macron to reconsider his policies. Macron’s plans to cut the pension system and to freeze wages and also to cut employment security has caused a lot of unrest in people in the French.
1. What reforms is the French President Macron of France seeking to implement in the first
Macron has been working to overhaul the pension system in France, placing an emphasis on sustainability over the long term. The reforms proposed will create universal point-based system that will provide all citizens with the same the benefits and contribution, regardless of their income or professional. The existing 42 pension plans that are based on profession and income, will be replaced with the new system. An earlier retirement age could be feasible under the new system since those who are 64 years old are currently eligible for full pension. The reform plan includes provisions that will reduce the allocations as well as deductions.
2. What are the polls that reveal public views on Macron’s reforms?
According to surveys, most people are unhappy with Macron’s changes on pensions. Recent polls conducted of French polling company Ifop discovered that the overwhelming majority of people disapprove of Macron’s proposals for reforming pensions. Results from the survey showed 59% of respondents dissatisfied with the reforms, while only 32% of respondents favored the reforms. These results match with the previous research on public opinion which was conducted following the announcement of the changes. The results show that the majority of French people are opposed to the proposed changes to pensions. A majority of people believe that the proposed changes would result in unjust burdens on citizens and would be too complicated. That could be the reason for they are met with a strong resistance.
3. What does Dr. Helena Ivanov, Henry Jackson Society Secretary, hoping to gain from these demonstrations?
The recent news regarding the planned French pension reforms proposed by President Emmanuel Macron has sparked outrage in Franceand has prompted speculation of a “Frexit” from France’s membership in the European Union. Helena Ivanov, a Henry Jackson Society participant is voicing her concern regarding the possibility of protests over Macron’s plans. Dr Ivanov believes that the protests will remain strong and lasting, which may indicate an increased level of discontent in the general public, as well as the potential for more political turmoil or instability to come in the near future. These protests could lead to the fall of the government as well as a possible ‘Frexit’ in the event that Macron continues to pursue his pension reforms.
4. What unions are expected to be a part of the Paris gathering?
France is furious over the proposal for French pension reforms proposed by President Emmanuel Macron. There are demands for a referendum about leaving France from the European Union called “Frexit”. There has been a variety of protests throughout the country. The biggest is likely to take place at Paris on Saturday. The Paris event will be attended by a number from unions that represent all sectors which includes CGT Union, French Democratic Confederation of Labour Force Ouvriere Solidaires and FSU. The rally is expected to be the largest protest against Macron’s pension reforms and will likely draw thousands of people in favour of the Frexit referendum.
A Short Summary
The strike is a sign of the growing anger among workers over proposed changes in their pensions as well as the financial turmoil they are facing because of it. Europe is feeling the consequences of similar reforms like other nations, with unions coming together to organize workers’ protests. Unions are sending a clear message to their employees by organizing them in huge in numbers and stating they will not accept lower wages or conditions. The strike had a huge effect on the economy despite efforts to minimize their impact from government officials from the French government. The trend will continue when more nations join in the struggle for fairness.