Report by Kamgar Ekta Committee (KEC) correspondent
French workers organized a second nationwide strike on Tuesday, 31 January 2023 to oppose government’s plan to increase retirement age from 62 to 64 to receive full pension.
Striking teachers and railway, health and oil workers staged marches in dozens of cities as a part of a nationwide day of action called by unions to force the government to back down from its pension ‘reform’. As expected by unions, again more than 10 lakh people turned out of on road.
All people on retirement in France receive a state pension — currently around €1,400 ($1,500) per month on average. The new plan aims to provide a minimum pension of €1,200 per month only.
The pension ‘reform’ of the French government will increase the age at which French citizens can draw a state pension to 64, from 62.
Increasing the retirement age will penalize people who started working at a young age and increase unemployment among older workers.