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FRANCE: Women are the Main Victim of Pension Reform

Trade union organisations denounce a pension reform that runs counter to the interests of employees, in particular women.

“To sell its reform, the government has tried again to instrumentalize women,” laments Sophie Binet, a confederal leader CGT, pilot of the Femmes-Mixité collective.

And this is not the first time. In 2019-2020, the government then led by Edouard Philippe had already tried the coup. He wanted to introduce a step-by-step retreat and to believe that women would be the big winners of that reform.

“Bis repetita with Elisabeth Borne, and with great reinforcements of fake news,” said the trade union leader. The impact of the current reform will be even more violent for women than for men. It is even a government impact assessment that says so.”

The fall in the retirement age to 64 will “fail the 120,000 mothers who could retire today.”

As a result of maternity wards, women have tuning for careers. 40% of them, compared with 30% of men, retire with an incomplete career and therefore pensions.
Ultimately, they receive pensions of direct law 40% lower than those of men.

Reversal pension for all couples

Instead of reducing gender inequalities, the Borne-Dussopt reform project will, on the contrary, deepen them.

It is for this reason that the CGT claims equal pay and work because today women earn 28% less than men. This simple justice measure would fill the government’s deficit in leading its pension reform.

We also call for the reversion pension to all couples and not only those who are married. An economy made on the backs of employees because couples are less and less united by marriage ties.

3:40 p.m.

As for the minimum pension of EUR 1 200 per month, they will in fact only benefit 10 000 people. Two excluded conditions would deprive many pensioners of this minimum old-age pension, and mainly women.

To claim it, a full career was needed, while 50% of women stopped working after having one child, compared with only one in nine men.

And to benefit from it, you have to have worked full-time, which is not the case for 30% of women who are part-time.

To end these inequalities, the CGT called for a feminist strike on March 8, with actions all day or disconnect at 3.40 p.m., “the time at which women stop being paid every day,” explains Sophie Binet.

Indeed, because of the wage gap between men and women, it is as if they are not paid two hours a day.


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