Fresh French union action to stop pension reform

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Fresh French union action to stop pension reform

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The day after the protest before. Empty newspaper stands in Paris were testament to the previous days large-scale protests against pension reform.

Had the editorials been printed and distributed, they’d almost certainly have been filled with the government’s showdown with workers over plans to raise France’s retirement age from 60 to 62.

Heartened by their action, French unions have announced fresh protests and strikes for the beginning of next month before the reform bill goes in front of the Senate.

In spite of that, the government is refusing to back down.

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said:’‘No, we will not abandon a rise in the retirement age because if we do this our pensions system will collapse under the weight of deficits.’‘

But, the fight against government reform and austerity is not unique to France.

Across Europe, like here in Spain, workers want the harsh belt tightening eased.

Spanish unions have called a nationwide strike for next week, but the stoppage looks unlikely to be big enough to make Madrid reconsider its austerity plans.