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the showdown between the CGT and the government continues and escalates. The first, who wants to obtain the withdrawal of the law reforming the labor code, seeking to increase the pressure through strikes and blockades at refineries, creating restrictions on the supply of gasoline. The second reaffirms will not back down on labor law, increase the tone and watch decided to use force. Tuesday morning, the intervention of security forces at the refinery in Fos-sur-Mer (Bouches-du-Rhône) has dislodged CGT activists who blocked the site since Sunday.
does the government have opted for a clear confrontation?
Francois Hollande denounced Tuesday May 24 on France Culture, blocking refineries and fuel depots: “a strategy supported by a minority” opposed the bill work, a- he said.
Speaking of the industrial dispute at a meeting dedicated to the history, the head of state has said it will not “consider that it does not deserve a form of respect from those who have legitimate claims. (…) But it does not lead me to accept what is now a blockage that is simply founded by a strategy supported by a minority. “
Earlier in the morning, Manuel Valls had already come to repeat the government’s determination on Europe 1. No, there will be no withdrawal of labor law as required the strikers. And yes, “other sites will be released” , has dealt the prime minister from Israel, where he is currently on an official visit.
“The CGT will find a extremely firm response from the government. We will continue to evacuate the sites and depots blocked by that organization “, warned the Prime Minister, for which ” State demonstrated the strongest “.
Faced with Philippe Martinez, general secretary of the CGT, for which the government “chooses swagger, show muscles” , Prime Minister accuses the union, as the saying goes, “hijack consumers’ , challenging actions that ” no use “ and pose ” a security issue. “
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“enough, c ‘unbearable’ , thundered Mr Valls, who tried to take advantage of users potentially affected consumers and workers in their daily lives by this social movement. “There is no question that the French find themselves in this situation of shortage, blocking” , he continued, criticizing the operations “not democratic” .
the Premier “playing a dangerous game” by trying “to oppose the CGT citizens” , Philippe Martinez said Tuesday on RMC / BFM-TV. “I warn the government: careful not to oppose the right to strike” , he added, “It is illegal to unblock refineries. Mr Sarkozy has tried in 2010. He was sentenced by the ILO for not respecting the right to strike “.
Why is the government is committed to strong arm?
in this standoff, the government intends to demonstrate its capacity to reform towards and against a union returned to the camp of reaction: “a frontal conflict is old, it’s old, it’s conservative. “ And the prime minister is sticking to its position: ” There will be no withdrawal of the text. Otherwise, in this country, we can not reform. “
executive officials were watching for days carefully or with a relative satisfaction, a national mobilization that if she did not give overt signs of weakness, not seemed not in exponential phase. But blockages of refineries and fuel depots have forgotten this trend.
Francois Hollande and Manuel Valls, three days of the day of protest planned Thursday 26 May, measured the risk of hardening and infinity.
is there a political danger to the executive?
the Elysee Palace, where the president held emergency meeting Monday, May 23 earlier this afternoon with the Ministers of interior and transport, Bernard Cazeneuve and Alain Vidal was perfectly measured the political danger of the form has taken this movement: “There are three months, we were faced with major events with a risk of aggregation, hence the need for consultations, made by the Prime Minister in March. We are no longer in front of the mass demonstrations, but face other forms of protest, that precisely because they are a minority want to have the maximum effect and impact on public opinion. “
A change of disturbing nature to the government. Besides blockages of refineries and fuel depots, the CGT called for an indefinite strike at RATP, where she is the first union from June 2 “These movements more intended to tender the report to initiate dialogue, is continued at the Elysee. This is not what will make the popular movement, although this may create exasperation “, against the unions but also against Manuel Valls, who might be caught in the inability to curb crime nuisance for users.
This is obviously the card has played the opposition, starting with Nicolas Sarkozy, who was pointing before the police intervention at Fos-sur-Mer, the authority deficit and, in essence, the “shambles” that left to settle the executive.
the government was condemned to firmness. That is why several of its members, Myriam El Khomri have railed Monday against blockages, siding with the French: “I can not bear that employees were taken hostage, even we have many advanced “, lamented the minister of labor.
in the longer term, the president and his prime minister feared phenomenon of crystallization and coagulation, may spoil the festivities the European Football championship which opens June 10 and on which account François Hollande, to convince the country that “I feel better” .
What were the precedents for blocking refineries?
in late October 2010, the Fillon government had ordered the requisitioning of employees in refineries blocked by strikers protesting against pension reform, including a Total group website at Grandpuits in Seine-et-Marne. Several people employed in the unit of Donges, in Loire-Atlantique, had also been ordered by the prefecture to resume work.
This social movement (against a text which had the effect of shifting to 62 years the legal age of retirement) all federated union confederations – unlike the one launched today against the bill work