Strike in the ports: “There is a relay which is taken”, estimates Yves Veyrier (FO) which “calls all the employees to join the mobilization” this Thursday

Strike in the ports: “There is a relay which is taken”, estimates Yves Veyrier (FO) which “calls all the employees to join the mobilization” this Thursday

The general secretary of Force Ouvrière Yves Veyrier refuses to consider this sixth day of inter-professional mobilization against the pension reform as a “last stand” despite a declining mobilization, particularly at the SNCF.

The general secretary of Force Ouvrière Yves Veyrier, guest on franceinfo, January 16, 2020 (FRANCEINFO / RADIO FRANCE)

While a “dead ports” operation was launched by the CGT until Friday, and the strike rate is falling at the SNCF, the general secretary of Force Ouvrière Yves Veyrier, invited to franceinfo Thursday, January 16, explained that it was not “Of a last stand” unions. For him, “There is a relay which is taken” to continue the mobilization.

“Today it will be a day when we call all employees, especially in the private sector, small businesses that have more difficulty going on strike to join the mobilization to show that we are all concerned”, said Yves Veyrier.

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franceinfo: The mobilization is down at the SNCF with less than 5% of strikers. What happens in the ports, is it the last stand of the unions?

Yves Veyrier: I do not believe that this is a last stand, there is a relay that is taken. There are many places we do not talk about where there is no renewable strike but walkout movements. Today it will be a day when we call on all employees, especially in the private sector, small businesses that have more difficulty going on strike, to join the mobilization to show that we are all concerned.

We urgently need to get back to the negotiating table without any preconditions. This plan for a single point system will degrade pension rights.

This sentence from Emmanuel Macron, “There will perhaps be 66 million pivotal ages in France but we will get there”, how do you interpret it?

If we are talking about appeasement, it is exactly the opposite, there is a haughty formula that wants to send the message that the government is inflexible and will not budge. There is a second meaning, 66 million pivotal ages, which means that there will no longer be a pivotal age, but many pivotal ages and that everyone will no longer know exactly what their right to be. retirement and the age at which he will be able to claim his retirement rights tomorrow. There is a kind of blindness to the idea of ​​the universal system.

Doesn’t this sentence from the president also mean that the starting age will take into account the arduous nature of each job or each branch?

The hardship we know what it is, these are the famous hardship criteria of the prevention-hardship account. We wanted us to negotiate on this issue of arduousness which has nothing to do with modifying the retirement system, that in no way justifies moving towards a single points system. Today we are refused to integrate the criteria (chemical risks, heavy loads) that came out of it, in particular, or the question of psycho-social risks which is very important. There are still serious accidents. Very recently a FO union representative ended his life because there were deficiencies in management. This question of arduousness must be taken into account. What the government is proposing to us is to substitute a system which does not work sufficiently, which is not efficient, the hardship prevention account, for the system which exists in particular in the public sector, the active service which makes it possible to open retirement rights from the age of 57 when you are a hospital worker and have a very difficult job.