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French unions agree more pension protests

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French unions agree more pension protests


Encouraged by yesterday’s street marches against pension reforms, French unions have agreed to call for more protests and strikes.
Demonstrations are planned for next Saturday, while later in the month there’ll be another weekday of disruption.
There’s anger at the refusal of President Sarkozy’s government to back down on plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62.
“The government’s response is at odds with the reality of the situation,” said Bernard Thibault, secretary-general of the CGT union. “This negation of what happened yesterday will come back at him like a boomerang. That’s my prediction.”
Between one and three million people took to the streets; across the country schools and public transport were disrupted. But the largest unions have so far resisted calls for a general strike. 
The prime minister has said the reforms are necessary and reasonable. The pension reform bill is due to be debated in the Senate in early October.

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