France: Public sector unions boycott ministerial meeting in response to budget cuts

Hundreds gathered in front of the French Ministry for Economy and Finance in Paris, Monday, where they staged a rally and boycotted a meeting with Minister of Public Action and Accounts Gerald Darmanin. The joint public service board scheduled for the afternoon with Darmanin was expected to discuss increases for workers' compensations for the CSG (Generalized Social Contribution) and the... Еще implementation of the PPCR (career compensation measures) after a one-year postponement, affecting nearly 4.4 million individuals. Secretary-General of Alliance Union (Police Union) Stanislas Gaudon expressed his grievances, saying that «police really feel that the more they give, the less they are returned.» He added that «since 2015, they have been involved on all fronts, including the fight against terrorism.» President of public service unions CFE-CGC Nathalie Makarski noted that the boycott comes as «many points of disagreements were not raised.» She went on saying that the unions stand by the «protocol that was signed under the former mandate [During Francois Hollande's presidency], postponed for one year, and on compensation for the increase in the CSG [retiree taxes].» Protesters argue that coupled with diminishing pensions, this time lag will have a negative effect on their purchasing powers. French President Emmanuel Macron's bundles of economic reforms have been met with intense opposition from workers' unions, students and pensioners in the past few weeks. Macron has defended his labour and tax reforms, which have been implemented by executive order, as necessary to allow for economic growth.

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