France’s General Strike Holds Past Le Weekend

France is never far from the news these days for alt_news sites like this one. As we watch the European Union unravel as a result of policies imposed on member states aimed at turn 28 (soon to be 27) member states into a single, federal bureaucratic dictatorship run by a committee of faceless civil servants in Brussels, there is a mobid fascination in seeing hoe the three most rabidly federalist and politically correct members, Germany, France and Sweden fall apart as a result of governments’ embracing EU globalist politicies ahead of addressing the needs of their own nations.

Paris was once again at a near standstill on Monday as the general strike called by unionists and activist groups to protest against the reforms to the pension system planned by the government of President Macron, which unions and economists say would leave pensioned in poverty, closed communter line trains, buses and subways for a fifth day.

Macron, a deeply unpopular president from the beginning of his term of office, faces  one of the toughest weeks yet of his presidency, that has already seen France rocked by terrorist attacks and life disrupted by the “Yellow Vests” protests against high taxes and EU immigration policies. Now his government’s planned redesign of the complex French pension system is in danger as prolonged civil unrest could force withdrawal of the policy.

Macron and his advisers failed to foresee the problems likely to result from  combining 42 different retirement plans into one capable of delivering a more equitable, financially sustainable system. Unions claiim the move s an attack on the French way of life even though the government does not plan to change the current retirement age of 62 at this time.

With people living longer it is inevitable the retirement age must rose at some point.

The SNCF national rail network warned travelers to stay home or use “alternative means of locomotion” to get around Monday instead of thronging platforms in hopes of getting the few available trains running. Mysteriously, they cited safety concerns as justification for their advice rather than admitting few trains would be running.

Because of the lack of trains and other forms of public transport, he national road authority reported more than 600 kilometers (360 miles) of traffic jams at morning rush hour around the Paris region – up from 150 kilometers (90 miles) on an average day.

Traffic problems were worse on Monday than when the strike started last week, because many French employees managed to work from home for a couple of days or take time off. But businesses cannot continue to run on that basis for long if the strike continues.

Gabriella Micuci, an office worker from the Paris suburb of Le Bourget, walked several kilometers in cold rain before reaching a station on one of the two Metro (subway) lines that are automated and don’t need drivers. Other commuters used bikes or electric scooters.

“I left home earlier than usual, I thought I was going to be able to catch an early train but not at all,” Micuci told The Associated Press. “It´s a real catastrophe, people are becoming even more violent, they are pushing you.”

Encouraged by the biggest nationwide protests in decades, unions plan renewed protests on Tuesday and hope to keep up the pressure on Macron’s government to withdraw the retirement reforms.

Macron summoned Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and other top officials to a summit meeting on Sunday night to create a strategy for dealing with the crisis.

The prime minister will reveal the government’s plan on Wednesday, but this is only expected to urge people to defer retirement.

The reform is central to Macron’s vision of transforming the French economy though considering his open doors immigartion policy which has seen unskilled, illiterate migrants flood into the country, what he plans to transform it into is unclear, a fairy princess maybe?. Government ministers insist the current system is unfair and financially unsustainable, while unions say the reform undercuts worker rights and will force people to work longer for less. Macron’s main political opponent, Eurosceptic Marine Le Pen, and her Rassemblement National party point out that the immigration policy is unfair and financially unsustainable.

Seeking to head off public anger, Macron asked veteran politician Jean-Paul Delevoye to hold months of meetings with workers, employers and others to come up with recommendations for France’s new retirement plan. Delevoye is presenting his conclusions to unions on Monday. A similar exercise of colsultations at grass roots level with Yellow Vest protestors only served to deepen the division between the ruling elite and the people.

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Today, in responce to calls by unions and activist groups for a nationwide strike, public workers across the country stayed home on Thursday, immobilizing public transit across the country as the first general strike in more than 20 years began.

The main reason for the walkout was President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms (not unlike how a planned – then scrapped – gas tax hike sparked the giles jaunes).

On the fist day of the strike, which is planned to last through the weekend, parts of Paris resembled ghost towns during the morning rush hours. Roads were empty, and train stations were deserted, according to the Times.

The biggest industrial action of Macron’s tenure is, so far, outweighting by a huge margin the Yellow Vests protests  in scale: 50% of French teachers are reported to be off work, nine out of ten trains have been cancelled today and eleven of the fourteen lines in the Paris Metro are closed. A total of 245 separate demonstrations have been announced across France as students,  police officers and firefighters, healthcare workers and others joining the action. Striking ground staff at Air France forced numerous flight cancellations, leaving thousands of travelers stranded. Air France cancelled 30% of its domestic flights and 10% of international short- and medium-haul flights on Thursday, RT reports.

Millions of workers are staying home.

In Paris, some commuters and shoppers resorted to bikes, skateboards or walking in the bitter cold as buses and underground trains failed to run. Some joked that the strike had made Paris into a much more ‘eco-friendly’ city. This  way of looking at the situation must have appealed to thousands of Extinction Rebellion activists and other environmentalist groups who took the opportunity to link their the climate action agenda to the protests.

The strike is expected to continue until Monday as the unions and Macron butt heads over the controversial pension reform proposals. Paris police are deploying 6,000 riot police to do battle with demonstrators who have decided to take their yellow vests out of the closet and back into action.

Many of the French capital’s most popular tourist spots were forced to shut their doors because of the strikes. The Eiffel Tower and the Orsay museum did not open on Thursday, while the large parts of The Louvre, the Pompidou Center and other museums were mostly closed with only the most popular exhibits accessible.

Outside the busy Gare du Nord railway station taxis lined up with their green lights on, struggling to find customers in the deserted streets.

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The Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) has warned that cash reserves set aside to fund state pension payments are set to run out as soon as next year.

In the report published on Friday, CPS claimed it had found a “serious flaw” in the government accounts (not surprising seeing as they are compiled by members of the public service unions), and because of this the government will find itself short of cash for pensions sometime in 2015.

The authors added that the underfunding will force the Treasury to increase taxes in order to ensure pension payouts continue.

Michael Johnson, speaking for CPS warned that the current state pension level is “unsustainable,” adding the pension will be “watered down to a basic subsistence” in the near future if the government fails to take urgent action.

The research also found that people under the age of 45 would have to wait longer to qualify for their state pension while those under the age of 35 should expect pension payments to be scrapped altogether by the time they retire. People currently in work should expect large tax increases to fund pensions, Johnson said.

Or perhaps our fuckwith leaders could simply stop joining in all America’s wars and flying bombing missions at £1,000,000 a bang. We could leave the EU and save £40 million A DAY, that would fund a few pensions.

And perhaps, to cite a couple of examples of how the incompetence of morons employed in the public services and protected from consequences by the too-powerful and entirely politically motivated public service unions, civil service purchasing officers could learn that rather than paying £3000 per bog standard, network ready PC they can buy them retail for £300 each (and that’s expensive) or shelling out £1500 for an NHS Wheechair when a very adequate vehicle can be had for £99.

NHS standard whhelchair – nasty, heavy, clunky and expensive.

               Lightweight wheelchair (uses aluminium tubing instead of steel), fit for purpose and cheap (£99)

Problem: Government wastes shitloads of money and can’t pay its bills.
Solution: Abolish public service unions that reward incompetence, sack incomptent public service purchasing officers, hire over 45s with losts of experience in the private sector to make sure taxpayers are getting value for money. Simples.

Blair and Pensions

Don’t you just love Tony Blair. The latest whacky and zany scheme from the fun loving fascist is to change the pension arrangements so that we can all work ’til we are a hundred and three and save money throuh a compulary savings scheme so we can pay the government for having lived lives dedicated to making mortgage providers and privatised public services companies wealthy.
Actually I have come up with an alternative to the government’s pension reform plan. Everyone will retitre at 45, get loads of money subsidised travel, free health care and a Chritmas dinner in a restaurant of their choice. “And how are we going to pay for that”, the politicians ask. Simple, we just stop mega corporations mopping up all their UK operating profits with consultancy charges and management fees from their Cayman Islands dummy corporations and e thy proper share of the tax burden.
Now why has no government ever thought of that?