In France, the Uproar Over Macron's Pension Reform Portends More Strikes and Political Uncertainty
MIN READJan 27, 2023 | 18:10 GMT
People march in the streets of Paris, France, to protest against President Emmanuel Macron's pension reform plans as part of a nationwide strike on Jan. 19, 2023.
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The French government will likely pass its controversial pension reform, but unions' continued resistance will result in heavily disruptive labor action in the coming weeks that will undermine economic activity and threaten political stability in France. French trade unions have maintained their resistance to the government's plan to overhaul the country's pension system, with workers from multiple sectors of the economy scheduled to go on strike in the coming weeks. France's largest trade unions, including the General Confederation of Labour (CGT), the French Democratic Confederation of Labour (CFDT) and the General Confederation of Labor - Workers' Force (FO), will hold a general strike across the country on Jan. 31 -- the second such labor action after a general strike on Jan. 19 brought more than a million workers onto the streets of France and severely disrupted activity in sectors ranging from public transport to schools. In addition, specific sectors have...