French union leader vows to keep fighting Macron’s pension plan

French unions will keep on fighting against President Emmanuel
Macron’s pension reform plan despite the upper house of parliament
approving the text on Saturday, a leader of one of the main unions
said on Sunday, Trend
reports citing Reuters.

Laurent Berger, secretary general of France’s largest union the
CFDT, also warned Macron’s government against forcing the
parliament’s hand by pushing the text through without a vote from
MPs of the National Assembly, using a procedure known as 49:3 after
the related article in the French constitution.

“Given the mobilisation of the population, the level of
opposition to the plan (…) you cannot resort to a democratic flaw
by using this 49:3 procedure,” he said on BFM TV.

“In my opinion, (using 49:3) would be very dangerous as it risks
creating a great degree of bitterness,” Berger added.

Now that the Senate has passed the pension reform, whose key
measure is raising the retirement age by two years to 64, it will
be reviewed by a joint committee of lower and upper house
lawmakers, probably on Wednesday.

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