Seven unions of civil servants call for a “mobilization day” on March 22

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT – | Demonstration for the defense of public services, October 10, 2017 in Paris

Seven trade unions are calling for a “day of mobilization” on March 22, according to concordant sources on Tuesday after a meeting between the nine representative unions, to protest against the government’s announcements on civil service reform.

“Seven out of nine federations are calling for a strike and mobilization for March 22,” Christian Grolier (FO) told AFP. It is, in addition to FO, the CGT, FSU, Solidaires, CFTC, CFE-CGC and FA-FP.

On October 10, hundreds of thousands of public servants took to the streets at the call of all public service organizations, a first for 10 years.

The claims of the time are still relevant, namely “the freezing of the index point, the job cuts, the restoration of the day of absence, on which we have no answer”, regrets Jean-Marc Canon (CGT). In addition, “announcements that arrived on February 1” following a first interdepartmental committee of public transformation.

These include increased use of contract workers, merit pay and the possibility of “voluntary redundancy plans” unpublished in the public service, mentioned by the Minister of Action and Public Accounts, Gerald Darmanin.

A text calling to defend “public missions, employment, purchasing power” should be broadcast Wednesday morning, told AFP Mr. Canon.

Only the CFDT and Unsa do not call “for the moment” to the mobilization, said their representatives.

“This does not mean that we will not associate,” said AFP Martial Crance (CFDT), which states that the union wants to consult his authorities Thursday.

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