Strike on February 7, 2023: What disruptions to expect?

Strike on February 7th. Unions in industries as diverse as transport or energy announced strikes on Tuesday, February 7, the second day of a cross-sector strike against pension reform.

[Mis à jour le 4 février 2023 à 20h04] The previous two days of strikes and demonstrations against pension reform were well attended across the country, and while Elizabeth Bohn was still in defense, Thursday 2 February france 2, an “essential” reform to “preserve our pay-as-you-go pension system”, unions across sectors intend to mobilize again. The intersyndicale, made up of eight of France’s main trade unions (CGT, CFDT, FO, CFE-CGC, CFTC, Unsa, FSU and Solidaires), has indeed called for a new two-day mobilization on Tuesday 7 February and Saturday 11 February. A way for unions to put pressure on the executive, the text of the pension reform project is due to reach the National Assembly on Monday 6 February.

Among the trade unions and the public, the postponement of the statutory retirement age to 64 remains the main point of view against the reform.On the second day of mobilization on February 7th, Philippe Martinez spoke at Princess Liberty Friday, February 3: “7 is the number of the legal article providing for the postponement of the retirement age from 62 to 64 years.” That morning, the CGT Secretary-General was invited to attend the French blue. In this interview, he calls for an expansion of the movement, possibly resorting to renewable strikes: “If the government and the President of the Republic cannot hear or see what is happening, inevitably, it will be necessary to pass the maximum speed ’” Felipe Martinez added: “The government has an obligation to us. […] We believe that strikes must be tougher, otherwise the government will not follow reason. ’” Philippe Martinez also brushed off when asked about the impact of the practice on the movement’s popularity: “I pay attention to public opinion because they say, if the conflict escalates, Put the blame on the government. “

“If the executives of a democratic country don’t hear this peaceful expression of rejection of their reforms, where does its executive stand?” asked myself in an interview echo CFDT Secretary General Laurent Berger on Friday night. He also said he was “concerned” that the government was not listening to mobilization. “There is a big problem this week as the school holidays are about to start. Another problem is public opinion. Opinion polls also confirm the rejection of this reform,” he added. Specifically, what should we expect from the February 7 outage? Find out on this page the disruptions planned by various sectors for the strike against pension reform.

All SCNF unions (CGT, Unsa, SUD-Rail and CFDT) called on 7 February to strike against the pension reform. On the other hand, if CGT and SUD-Rail called to continue the strike movement until February 8, Unsa and CFDT did not follow them. The mobilization of the railway unions on 8 February is therefore uncertain, but SNCF traffic should have been strongly affected the day before. The strike call comes during the school holidays in Zone A and has the potential to disrupt some routes. SNCF will issue its traffic forecast as usual 48 hours before the start of the strike movement, which means no later than Sunday night. The previous strikes on January 19 and 31 accounted for 46% and 36.5% of strikes by rail workers, respectively. In addition, the SNCF union has not made any announcement regarding the new mobilization on February 11.

The RATP union has called for a strike from February a conveyed In general, CGT, FO, CFE-CGC and Unsa call for a mobilization to say “no” to the reform as the special pension scheme of RATP agents is seriously threatened by it. As a result, metro, RER, bus and tram lines may be affected, as was the case on January 19 and 31. As with SNCF, disruptions will be announced at least 48 hours in advance. So they will know no later than Sunday evening, February 7th.

After calling for a 72-hour strike at refineries, the CGT finally opted for a 48-hour general mobilization on February 7-8. Originally, CGT planned to halt refinery production during these strikes. However, at the moment, it is necessary to “test” [grèves] Renewable energy is “in order to understand whether employees are ready,” Thierry Defresne, CGT secretary of the TotalEnergies Europe committee, told AFP. On February 7-8, “we’ll have 48 hours of service for them, it’s nothing going in, nothing coming out’, as usual”, noted Thierry Defresne, adding that “the only impact on working tools, will be It is the reduction of the production process, not the cessation”.

The CGT Ports and Terminals Federation has also called for a 48-hour strike on Tuesday, February 7 and Wednesday, February 8. On Tuesday, January 31, this movement received particular attention, especially in Le Havre, where CGT has detected 100% of dockers in the port of the city.

FNME-CGT (National Federation of Mines and Energy – CGT) has also called for companies in the electricity and gas sectors to stage a two-day strike on February 7 and 8. Compared to the first day of EDF mobilization, the strike movement on 31 January received less attention, with 40.3% of strikers compared to 44.5% on 19 January. During these strikes, strikers in the energy sector multiplied their “Robin Hood” actions. Some cuts have been announced, but employees are mainly distributing free electricity to specific institutions such as hospitals, schools or HLM housing. The initiative has the backing of trade unions, but also certain politicians, such as communist Fabien Roussel.

The primary school union Snuipp-FSU has called for an “expansion” of the protest movement despite the February 7 holiday in District A. “The union calls on the entire population to mobilize through strikes and larger demonstrations on Tuesday, February 7 and Saturday, February 11 to say no to this reform,” specifies the union’s press release. Snuipp-FSU recommends “increased actions, initiatives, meetings or congresses throughout the territory, companies and service establishments, places of study, including through strikes”. Primary school teachers (kindergartens and primary schools) are obliged to give at least 48 hours’ notice to students and families to participate in strike movements. Colleges and high schools are not obligated to declare.

The leading civil aviation union, the Union Syndicale de l’Aviation Civile-CGT, said in a news release that it would join the protest movement. “The Usac-CGT demands that the current retirement conditions of all agents of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) be maintained,” the union explained, “All employees of the DGAC and the National Civil Aviation School continued their mass strike and demonstrations on Tuesday, February 7th. Details of the flight disruption were not yet known.

The two main ski lift unions, CGT and FO, have filed an unrestricted strike notice starting January 31. This seasonal skiers’ strike may first affect holidaymakers on Tuesday, February 7.according to BFM TV, plans to strike “at around 1.30am in all ski resorts, this time during the school holidays”. During this period, some shops will be closed and the ski lifts will not be operating. Tourism Minister Olivia Grégoire reportedly called for “respect for the economic actors in the mountains who fight like lions to continue attracting tourists and developing their products” and “respect for tourists’ holidays” TF1.

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