By: Nadeemy Haded
Laurent Berger, general secretary of the French CFDT labor union, said on Sunday that the union opposes a strike by workers in the transport sector during the Christmas period.
He added: But the union will call for other protest moves in January if the government does not back down from the pension reform plan, which calls for more years of work.
French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, said on Wednesday that citizens must work an additional two years in order to obtain a full pension, thereby provoking a hostile reaction from the trade unions, which it said would step up the pace of strikes to induce it to reverse its position.
CFDT has not participated in the strike, which has caused havoc in transportation across the country since December 5, but has said the French government has crossed that "red streak" and invited its members to participate in protests on Tuesday.
"Let's be clear ... the railway workers (who are CFDT members) do not want to stop service during the holidays. But in January ... if the text (related to the amendments) does not change, then the CFF does not change," Berger told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper. DT will continue to rally people. "
On the other hand, the General Confederation of Labor (CGT), which takes more strict stances, usually, on Thursday, warned that the strike will not stop on birthdays, unless the government retracts the plan to reform the pension system in full.
Source Sky News