Martinez (CGT): the government "does everything for the strikes to last"

Philippe Martinez, General Secretary of the CGT, ruled Saturday that the government was doing "everything for the mobilization and strikes last" against the pension reform, while he was speaking at the start of a demonstration of unemployed and precarious in Paris.

"The Prime Minister needed to tighten the bolts because there is a real cacophony at the government level", estimated before the press the chief executive, leading a procession that gathered between Montparnasse and Invalides several hundred people, according to an AFP journalist.

Edouard Philippe, who will present Wednesday in detail the pension reform, "spoke yesterday (Friday) to clarify a number of things but on the merits" he "did not say he was withdrawing his project," lamented the number one of the CGT.

"He is doing everything he can to keep the mobilization and the strikes going," he added, two days after a day of action that brought together more than 800,000 people on the streets. "The mobilization on Thursday, I think the government has measured it was really exceptional", "above the first (days) of 1995, it should talk to them," he said.

The union leader reiterated his opposition to the project of instituting a universal pension scheme by points. "Universality means nothing, we need a solidarity system," he pleaded.

Asked what he expected from the conclusions of the consultation led by the High Commissioner for pensions Jean-Paul Delevoye, Philippe Martinez joked: "Mr. Delevoye will tell us Monday what he learned from what We told him we're going to see if he really listened to what he was told. "

"We are going to see if he has chosen not to want his project," he continued, pointing out that he has "many proposals to improve the current pension system."

The national committee of private and precarious CGT workers traditionally gather at the beginning of December each year.

"Defense of unemployment insurance, recovery of Social Security", could read on the banner of the head, so that entered into force on November 1 first part of a reform that hardens the conditions of access to compensation for jobseekers.

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