France's Most Powerful Trade Union Warns It Will Resist Sarkozy's Announced Attack on Labor

13 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>France's Most Powerful Trade Union Warns It Will Resist Sarkozy's Announced Attack on Labor</h1><p>May 13 (EIRNS)--Independent.com reported on May 12 that Bernard Thibault, the head of the CGT trade union confederation - France's largest - has warned President-elect Nicolas Sarkozy that any attempt to ram through his radical reform program will lead to a battle and strikes against those proposals. Sarkozy's proposals include ending some public workers being allowed to retire at 55, compulsory strike ballots, a legal obligation for striking transport workers to provide minimum service, and changing the 35-hour work week. The article notes that the strength of the unions in public services, especially transport, "means strikes are high profile and highly effective in bringing the country to a halt." The current issue of Britain's <em>The Economist</em> , in its article on Sarkozy's election, predicts a period of turbulence for France in the coming six months: "Governments have repeatedly tried to trim privileges and benefits in order to rescue the welfare system from collapse, only to be defeated on the street ..."</p></div></body>