The first thing that made the teachers angry was the ’decentralisation’
of education. This is a government project that aims to transfer
education financing, management and recruitment from the state to the
regions. But there are big inequalities between the different regions,
some are rich, some are poor,...
ON JUNE 12 the two central leaders of the French trade union movement
came down to Marseille to address a mass rally at the end of a
260,000-strong demonstration. Bernard Thibault, leader of the
Confederation General des Travailleurs (CGT), and Marc Blondel, leader
of Force Ouvrière (FO), left Paris to pay tribute...
Across France in countless villages, towns and cities, French workers
from both the private and public sector, students and young people
demonstrated in their hundreds of thousands and took strike action on
Tuesday 3 June, expressing their growing determination to fight against
the right-wing Raffarin government’s...
An attack on workers’ pensions by French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre
Raffarin has combined with other issues, particularly education
decentralisation, to fuel a massive response by workers the length and
breadth of France.
The streets of Paris resounded to the beat of drums and marching feet,
this Sunday (25 May). Music blared. Rail workers ignited red flares
filling the air with smoke. It was a riot of colour. Massive balloons
marked out trade union contingents, flags waved. Banners and placards
spelled out the demands: No to the...
After the magnificent mobilisation of Tuesday, 13 May, against the
government’s proposed pension reform, the biggest trade-union
confederation (CFDT), together with the CGC, signed a deal with the
right wing government. Will this unholy alliance of the governing party
– the UMP - and the national leadership...