Yes 1is May 2020 had to be virtual, first confinement requires, the 2021 edition, the day after Emmanuel Macron’s announcements on the stages of deconfinement, marked the return to the streets of the unions and their demands. In a tense atmosphere due to the presence of thugs, especially in Paris, thousands of people marched in more than 300 cities in France.

The CGT, FO, FSU, Solidaires, as well as the youth movements Unef and UNL, had signed a joint appeal to make this Saturday a “Day of mobilization and demonstrations”, “For jobs, wages, public services, social protection, freedoms and peace in the world”.

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“In the current context, it seemed important to us to mark the occasion a little more than usual, underlined to AFP Yves Veyrier, secretary general of FO. We have in mind both what workers pay as the economic and social consequences of the health crisis, and also the risk, tomorrow, that “whatever it costs” becomes “whatever costs employees” . “

CGT and FO will parade, virtual event for the CFDT

He joined the General Secretary of the CGT Philippe Martinez for the parade which brought together the protesting unions between the Place de la République and that of the Nation.

The demonstrators, who only need a simple travel certificate to participate in the parades, also demand the withdrawal of the unemployment insurance reform and oppose any pension reform.

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Reformist side, the CFDT does not parade, having chosen, because of the health situation “To do a digital-only May 1st”. General Secretary Laurent Berger and his number 2 Marylise Léon spoke with activists on the union’s Facebook page. They presented a study on how they experienced the health crisis. The CFTC has also opted for a 1is May digital, echoing throughout the day its demands on social networks.

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Back to school: “an alignment of planets in the wrong direction”

In this context of semi-confinement, these parades had to “Allow to take the temperature of the social re-entry”, says Vincent Balouet, manager of the business consulting site

“In addition to the inequalities generated by the Covid crisis and its consequences for employment, generalized tension and fatigue, the climate of mistrust and the illusion of easy money paid to companies that will be difficult to refuse to those who will claim at the start of the school year form an alignment of planets in the wrong direction ”, he warns.

The consultant also fears a change in the mode of action of the unions, while widespread teleworking in companies could make strikes less effective. “The modes of disruption of unions could migrate to power cuts or communications, or blockades of roads or even businesses”, he warns.


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