The public sector workers turned out in massive numbers last week
against the ongoing liberalisation pushed by the Raffarin government and
to protest against the meagre wage deal they had been offered.
The first thing that made the teachers angry was the ’decentralisation’
of education. This is a government project that aims to transfer
education financing, management and recruitment from the state to the
regions. But there are big inequalities between the different regions,
some are rich, some are poor,...
ON JUNE 12 the two central leaders of the French trade union movement
came down to Marseille to address a mass rally at the end of a
260,000-strong demonstration. Bernard Thibault, leader of the
Confederation General des Travailleurs (CGT), and Marc Blondel, leader
of Force Ouvrière (FO), left Paris to pay tribute...
Across France in countless villages, towns and cities, French workers
from both the private and public sector, students and young people
demonstrated in their hundreds of thousands and took strike action on
Tuesday 3 June, expressing their growing determination to fight against
the right-wing Raffarin government’s...