UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Strikes that have begun in France against President Emmanuel Macron’s government pension reform and serious disruptions in public services, health and transportation are paralyzing daily life in the country.
The longest strike of the last 34 years is causing victimization of the French in the country’s major cities and mainly in Paris, where serious problems are taking place especially in public and health services. While many streets of the capital are littered with garbage bins that have not been collected.
Most Paris subway lines do not operate while other lines operate round-the-clock trips. Serious problems in the country are also occurring on train trips. In the capital and on the streets in the surrounding areas long queues of cars are formed.
Strikes against pension reforms continue for 36 days. According to the Ministry of Interior, today 16-19 per cent of teachers have gone on strike, while according to unions this has been done at 40-50 per cent.
Protests against pension reform are taking place all over the country today and mainly in Paris, as a result of which many roads in Paris are closed for traffic.
According to a recent poll, 75 per cent of French people want to withdraw the reform or make the change.
The French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, has announced that the pension system would be unified and the privileges granted to various sectors and 42 types of pensions would be abolished.
Philippe announcing that the pension would be at least 1,000 euros, he stated that “The retirement age will remain 62 but that workers will have to work up to the age of 64 to receive full pension. people born before 1975 will not be affected. ”
Among the participants in the strike are employees of RATP (Public Transport Regulators) in and around Paris, SNCF, Air France employees, police officers, doctors, nurses, hospital workers, students, postal workers, sector employees. public, attorneys, agricultural workers, health teams for ambulances, taxi drivers, teachers, state-owned EDF electricity production and distribution employees, transportation drivers, hospital emergency workers, Renault company employees and refinery.
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