Opponents of El Khomri reform felt they had won their bet by mobilizing Wednesday across France, over 200,000 protesters to say no to the reform of the labor code. But the government has not seen “proof” of a refusal to reform.
For Force Ouvrière, which identified 400,000 protesters like the CGT (counting 450,000 ) and the UNEF (500,000), it is “undoubtedly a success” and “first warning” to the government.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior estimated at 224,000 the number of people mobilized Wednesday.
In Paris, the events were attended by 100,000 people, according to the CGT, between 27,000 and 29,000, according to the police headquarters.
A Lyon, seven police officers were slightly injured and three people arrested for violence at the end of event. In Nantes, five arrests occurred after light clashes with the police.
“We hear, we listen, and at the same time, I do not think it has demonstrated the rejection of the bill, “responded the evening Jean-Marie Le Guen, Minister of Relations with Parliament.
The first parade in the capital, the call of the CGT, FO, FSU and Solidaires, was organized in mid-day between the MEDEF and the Ministry Labour, a journey to the “clear message” to tell the government to stop incorporate the proposals of employers, says Philippe Martinez, general secretary of the CGT.
His union, as FO, demanding the withdrawal of the bill.
Meanwhile, several thousand students and students responded to call of unions and youth organizations (UNEF, UNL, EELV, left Front communist youth) felt prepared to “fight to the withdrawal.”
alongside them, employees and some politicians, including fifteen MPs PS, or Pierre Laurent (PCF), which spoke of “a tidal wave about to get up.”
This second procession manifested in the afternoon between places of the Republic and the Nation, chanting “El Khomri, you’re fucked, youth are in the streets” with throwing eggs, smoke bombs and firecrackers.
Among the young slogans: “Act El Khomri, rotten life” or “a left that written right hand”
. at 6:00 p.m., the demonstrators dispersed peacefully, surrounded by a large police
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the movement gained high schools. In total, one hundred -90 establishments by the Ministry of National Education, including forty in Ile-de-France, have been blocking, filtering or total, according to the UNL, a main students union.
Some 150 rallies were planned in the provinces. Ten thousand people demonstrated in Toulouse and Nantes, 9500 in Bordeaux, 7000 in Lyon, 6000 in Lille, 5,000 in Marseille, 4,500 in Rouen and Rennes, or 3000 in Le Havre and Brest, according to police figures.
“It is now up to the government to recognize the rejection of his project and to draw the consequences,” commented the FO evening.
Sept unions have already planned a day of strikes and demonstrations on 31 March. The UNEF called for a new day of action on March 17.
Initially, the El Khomri project was due in the Council of Ministers on March 9. The protest forced the Prime Minister to review his schedule and resume dialogue with the social partners and the Socialist deputies, for a presentation on March 24
Several points crystallize discontent.: reform of redundancy, capping prud’homales compensation for unfair dismissal, the primacy of enterprise agreements in the organization of work.
the trade union front is nevertheless cracked, unions “reformist” (CFDT, CFE-CGC, CFTC, UNSA) and Fage (students) who preferred separate rallies on 12 March. Rather than removing the text, they ask “profound changes”, as reiterated Wednesday the head of the CFDT, Laurent Berger, for whom the project does not contain anti-youth measures, unlike the First Job Contract ( CPE) ten years ago
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M. Holland reminded the Council of Ministers that France intended to “maintain its social model” but in “adapting”. He said it was “necessary to listen to (…) the claims” and “to be open to dialogue.”
M. Valls has already promised “improvements”, but his room for maneuver seems narrow between unions, including “no (no) agree with the law,” according to Martinez, and the boss of MEDEF, Pierre Gattaz, for which a withdrawal of the text would be “devastating for the country.”
Prime Minister concluded its consultations on Wednesday with the social partners, before a plenary meeting next Monday. Only index on Wednesday night, Mr Le Guen said a surtax CSD demanded by the union, “was part of the discussions.”
Coincidence, March 9 was also day strike at the SNCF and the RATP with claims related to working conditions and wages. The return traffic to normal is expected Thursday morning.