The secretary general of the CFDT, Laurent Berger, announces in an interview with World this Tuesday he will be a candidate for his succession. He will submit his candidacy at the 50th congress of the CFDT which is to take place in June 2022.
“I will present my candidacy. For a year and a half, we have lived through a complicated situation which has prevented the CFDT from achieving the objectives it had set itself, in particular on the issue of unionization and the recruitment of new members, ”argues the union leader. 52 years old.
“In addition, the year 2022 promises to be difficult, between the still uncertain economic situation and the electoral deadlines: if I had said that I was leaving my responsibilities, that could have weakened the CFDT”, he continues. Last argument: the boss of the first French union chairs the European Trade Union Confederation until January 2023, a position he would have to give up if he ceased to be at the head of the CFDT.
A forthcoming communication campaign
Laurent Berger also tells Le Monde how his organization intends to influence the presidential campaign. “By the end of September, we will broadcast, with the sixty-five other signatory organizations of the Power pact to live, proposals on aid to the most vulnerable, the greening of our production apparatus, the democratic functioning of our institutions, etc. To promote our ideas, a communication operation is planned, from the beginning of autumn until March-April 2022 ”, he explains.
“The CFDT will also speak on its own behalf about employment, wages, social protection … We are independent and will not campaign for anyone, but we will be offensive on our social ambitions”, adds he does. Laurent Berger and the former Minister of Ecological Transition, Nicolas Hulot, launched in March 2019 the “Pact of the power to live”, with the ambition to “converge ecology and social”.