France - Unions mobilise for national day of action - August 23, 2010

Unions across the public and private sector are mobilising for a national day of action on 7 September in protest at the government Bill to raise the retirement from 60 to 62 and to other reforms in the retirement system. The National Assembly’s social affairs committee voted in favour of the Bill on 22 July, enabling it to go to Plenary debate in the lower house on 7 September, and to the Senate in October. Unions are calling for the retention of the right to retire at 60 and want a minimum pension of Euro 1,600 a month. The unions in the public sector also want to see an increase in public sector pay to compensate for the loss of purchasing power over several years (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 May and June 2010).

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This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009.

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