French Strikes Against Pension Reform To Continue | MyTravelThru

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Many sectors are keeping the pressure on ahead of the no-confidence votes in Parliament on Monday and the national strike on Thursday.

Garbage cans are piling up in Paris, refiners are going on strike this weekend and teachers’ unions are threatening to block students from takings exams. By triggering Article 49.3 of the Constitution to pass the pension reform law without a vote in the Assemblée Nationale, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has bolstered strikers’ determination. Various actions are planned before the national strike on March 23.

At refineries, the specter of a long blockade

At petroleum refineries, anger is rising. “We can expect about five of the seven existing refineries to be shut down by the middle of next week,” said Eric Sellini, a coordinator with the hardline CGT union at TotalEnergies. “The Donge and La Mède refineries are already shut down, the Normandy refinery is in the process of being shut down and will be on Monday or Tuesday, as will the Gravenchon refinery.

Finally, the Petroineos refinery will be shut down on Tuesday as well,” said the unionist. Should we expect a repeat of fall 2022, when France’s gas stations ran dry? “Today we are not there yet, but Thursday’s episode could harden people’s stances,” said Geoffrey Caillon, a coordinator at the more moderate CFDT union.


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