Joint mobilisation by public service unions on 19 March

France

Eight public service trade unions – CFDT, CFE-CGC, CGT, FA, FO, FSU, Solidaires and UNSA – met on 24 January and issued a joint communique condemning the absence of any measures to increase public service pay, particularly in context of sustained inflation. The unions are calling for immediate negotiations to address issues around careers and salaries and have rejected President Emmanual Macron’s talk of better recognizing "merit" as a tactic to avoid the urgent need to improve pay and conditions. The unions have set 19 March as a national day of action, including strikes and other protests. Meanwhile, unions in national education, including those active in early childhood education and care organised a national day of action on 1 February calling for improved pay and conditions for teachers, carers and other staff and for measures to tackle staff shortages.

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