(Brussels, 6 December 2019) The French government has proposed changes to the pension system in France. These changes face opposition of all French unions. Many workers and their unions and including EPSU affiliates joined the protests yesterday to protest the changes. Workers in health, education and other public services were very prominent in the demonstrations. Health and care workers will continue their protest with a national strike on the 17th December. EPSU supports all affiliates, and wishes them success.
Massive actions, demonstrations and strikes to protest pension reforms in France yesterday
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