Between one thousand and two thousand people, according to a journalist from Agence France-Presse (AFP), demonstrated Saturday, January 23, in Paris, to demand “The prohibition of dismissals” at the initiative of the CGT union (General Confederation of Labor) of the tour operator TUI, joined by other unions and supported by left-wing politicians.
The procession left shortly after 2 p.m. from the National Assembly, towards the headquarters of the Mouvement des entreprises de France (Medef), in the 7e arrondissement. “Sixty-six million anti-dismissal prosecutors”, could we read on a sign referring to the words of Emmanuel Macron, according to whom “We have become a nation of sixty-six million prosecutors” faced with the government’s management of the Covid-19 crisis.
“Redundant employees invite themselves to the beautiful neighborhoods”, tweeted CGT TUI France, while the slogan resounded “There is money in the employers’ coffers”.
#AppelDesTui Manif in front of the National Assembly for the prohibition of dismissals ✊ the dismissed employees are… https://t.co/EPQE9iVgZV
While the TUI group, world number one in tourism, plans to cut up to six hundred and one out of nine hundred positions in its French branch, the company’s CGT elected officials launched this call to demonstrate.
Dozens of CGT sections but also SUD-Solidaires from branches or companies affected by social plans, such as Sanofi, Cargill, SKF or General Electric, have joined the initiative.
Call to declare a “state of social emergency”
A few dozen “yellow vests” and several elected officials from the left also participated in the demonstration, including the deputies of La France insoumise (LFI) Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Clémentine Autain and Adrien Quatennens.
Speaking to the crowd about the economic and social consequences of the Covid-19 crisis, the president of the LFI group in the National Assembly noted that “Many people believed that, in the common misfortune, each one would take his share”. Or “While the rich got richer, we walked to eighty layoffs per month, a million people got poor” and ” hundreds of thousands “ French people no longer have access to water, electricity, or even food, enumerated Mr. Mélenchon. He reiterated his wish that “State of social emergency”, accompanied by a “Ban on layoffs throughout the pandemic period”.