Go Bernard! Loose nothing, we're with you! "This is by splitting a crowd that allowed under the cheers and the sound o the is that a Bernard Thibault (CGT) smiling made yesterday noted arri al at the head o the procession o the Paris demonstration against pension re orm. rançois Chérèque (C DT) displays him also its mine o the good days. The procession is still ébroué, but already both know: they ha e managed their bet. At the appeal o the intersyndicale (C DT, CGT, C TC, SU, southern and Unsa), 200 e ents recorded in the country ha e met, yesterday, o 797.000 (according to the police) to 1.92 million (according to the CGT). It is two times more than on the day o May 27, but, as noted by the Elysee Palace, a little less than the height o the protest against the 2003 re orm (1.1 million according to police) yet not a ect the legal age. The rate o strikers remained signi icantly more timid than in 2003 among public ser ants (see opposite). 39.8 O strikers identi ied by management are a peak in interpro essional day since 2003, is that the mo ement has been ery strong in primary schools and to SNC . The mobilization o the pri ate sector is more di icult to measure but was certainly higher than late May.
It is a act: neither the arri al o summer, or communication o the Go ernment, or e en the astounding power o rench ootball to di ert media attention ha e pre ented the "burst" o the employees that promised unions to increase the legal age. "The eeling o injustice this brutal re orm monte", says rançois Chérèque. or Alain Oli e (Unsa), "the Go ernment started a deadlock by basing its re orm age."Employees ha e tired to pay only the crisis. ""It between in a new period o orces with the Go ernment report,"wants to belie e the SU.
Building on this success, the unions claim most beauti ul withdrawal or rewriting ull text. Like the PS, which calls or the withdrawal o the re orm "now." "It should be that Bill should be considered in the Council o Ministers on 13 July but that inally opened a real negotiation session," insists Bernard Thibault. "I General States o ootball or 23 players strike, should be able to make a round table o pensions or 2 million demonstrators", journalist rançois Chérèque.
In response, Eric Woerth, Minister o labour, reminded yesterday the strength o the Go ernment. According to him, this mobilization "strong enough" is not "a warning" to the Executi e but a traditional "social Jolt" in rance. Same approach in the Elysee Palace, where it attaches to minimize this result "predictable" or a re orm o this magnitude. Eric Woerth insists the "absolute necessity" to raise the age o retirement, "ine itable to sa e the pension system." Only are possible, he recalled, the gestures on the arduous nature, the polypensionnés and long careers, subjects on which he promises to quickly replay the unions. I mobilization e en ampli ied in September, they could achie e substantial progress on these three themes.
"I am not at all a weakened Minister", also replied Eric Woerth, the PS on the case o Bettencourt attacks. He accuses the opposition o "shoot the pianist" without ha ing a strong con incing. The unions will gather June 29 to prepare symbolic actions during the summer and, abo e all, a receipt that all promise burning.