Pension reform: lawyers vote to continue their movement

Pension reform: lawyers vote to continue their movement

The National Bar Council, which represents the 70,000 French lawyers, unanimously voted to continue the mobilization at a general meeting.

Lawyers demonstrated against the pension reform on February 3, 2020, in Paris.  (CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

Black dresses don’t want to stop there. The National Bar Council (CNB) unanimously voted to continue the mobilization against pension reform on Friday, February 7. This will continue “According to the terms (all forms of strikes, demonstrations, days of action, etc.) established by the bars”, can we read in a press release published on Twitter at the end of the general meeting.

This reform “Imposed on lawyers”, “is part of a political will for a profound transformation of the legal profession, undermining its independence, its economic model and therefore access to effective law for litigants”, estimates the CNB, which represents the 70,000 French lawyers.

Since early January, lawyers are mobilizing massively against the future universal pension system in France. All 164 bars are on strike, facing a reform that will lead to a decline in pensions and the doubling, in some cases, of lawyers’ pension contributions. In some bars, the mobilization sometimes resulted in up to 80% of sentenced criminal hearings, as in Nantes or Nice.

“Non-negotiable”

On Thursday, the Minister of Justice reiterated that the entry of lawyers into the universal regime was not “non-negotiable”. But Nicole Belloubet also reached out to the angry profession by presenting “Three commitments” : insurance on the maintenance of pensions, “No sudden doubling of contributions” and “Maintenance of the French bar pension fund [retraite et prévoyance] under the control of the profession ”.

Lawyers demanded on Friday that the government “Provide a reliable simulator enabling them to verify the accuracy of the projections”. They also say they are ready to “Respond to the government’s invitation to examine possible adjustments to the scenarios for integration into the universal system”.