In the wake of a fresh spike in COVID-19 cases, a state of health emergency has been declared in Paris. Health workers have demanded increased workforce and resources to fight the pandemic
CGT has also condemned the latest reforms in unemployment insurance at a time when unemployment is at the highest in 37 years.
The call for the mobilization was given by major trade unions, including the General Confederation of Labor (CGT)and health workers collectives like L’Inter-Urgences and Collectif Inter-Hôpitaux also joined the protests.
This was the second round of nationwide protests organized by health workers in the country since the start of a two-month consultation process initiated by the government on its proposed health sector reforms
Successive governments in France have weakened the public health care system through systematic underfunding and neglect
Basile Ackermann of the French education union CGT Educ’Action talks about the government’s flawed strategy to reopen schools.
At least 70 new cases of COVID-19 were reported from schools in France following their reopening last week by French authorities. Teachers’ unions and student organizations criticized the government for the move
Unions such as the CGT, Workers Force and CFTC are raising the issue of the shortage of personal protective equipment and other basic necessities, as well as the reduction in the number of beds in some hospitals
Patrick Correa of the CGT Metalworkers’ union of France talks to Peoples Dispatch on the impact of COVID-19 on the workers of the country.
On March 3, the French government invoked article 49.3 of the constitution to bypass parliament and approve the pension reforms proposed by Macron. Workers’ unions have been protesting for months against the reform that will affect their benefits
A massive strike was held in Greece on February 18 against a bill that calls for privatizing social security. Workers staged mobilizations in over 60 places with tens of thousands marching in Athens alone