In France, the pension reform will come into force in autumn 2023. This was stated by French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday, April 17, in a televised address to the nation.
“As you know, the Constitutional Council on Friday signed the law on pension reform. I, logically, immediately made a promulgation. The pension reform will come into force in the fall,” he said.
According to Macron, it is obvious that society has not accepted the reform. He expressed regret that no consensus had been reached.
In addition, the French President invited trade unions to take part in negotiations to improve working conditions in the country, despite the refusal of professional associations. The meeting will take place on Tuesday 18 April.
According to Macron, this is necessary to open a series of negotiations on issues such as increasing the income of workers, improving career development and working conditions and expanding the hiring of older workers, as well as help with changing profiles.
On April 15, the President of France signed a law on pension reform, including the transfer of the statutory retirement age to 64 years.
On the same day, French trade unions called for an “exclusive and popular” demonstration against the pension reform on 1 May. It is noted that such an action of representatives of all professions will be historic for France. Trade unions also called on Macron not to sign the pension reform law.
Before the parades, the unions are proposing, as a “preparatory step”, to make April 20 a day of expressing “railroad wrath”. In their opinion, this date should go beyond the interprofessional framework.
In France, because of this reform, strikes do not stop. The demonstrators burn flares and shout slogans through a megaphone, urging citizens to continue the protest. According to the French Interior Ministry, about 4,000 people took part in protests in the capital on April 14.