İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO-13.09.2017- New French President, Emmanuel Macron, will face mass street demonstrations in the first months in the office regarding his economic reforms.
The leftwing CGT, France’s second biggest trade union, is leading scores of protests across France, with public sector workers, train staff and probably energy sector workers.
Secretary General of CGT, Philippe Martinez, said more than 180 demonstrations against the new labour laws were planned across the country. Also, he warned officers against high risk of “very strong discontent”.
Possibly Macron’s latest speech in Greece led the spread of negativity towards him. In this weekend, French President stated that he would “not yield anything, either to the lazy, the cynics or the extremes”. In response, Martinez called Macron’s comments ‘’ scandalous’’ and the word ‘’lazy’’ would become the slogan of anti-Macron protests.
Regardless of CGT, the leftwing MP Jean-Luc Mélenchon and his leftist parliamentary group declared that another action, France Unbowed, would take place on 23 September.
The main reason why Macron became the target is his decision to change the labor law. His plan includes a cap on payouts for unfair dismissals and greater freedom for employers to hire and fire especially for private sector workers.
Despite strong criticism and protests, French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, insisted that nothing would be changed in the law. He added that the new labour laws had been speeled out to voters before both presidential and parliament elections. Macron government argue that the real reason why they impose this law is in order to decrease unemployment rates in the country which is currently about 9,5%.