More than a million workers, cutting across trade union affiliations, unitedly participated in a one-day strike all across France, on January 19, 2023. They were protesting against French President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to raise the legal age of retirement to 64 from 62, thereby denying them their due pension for another two years.
The strike saw active participation of railway and electricity workers, hospital workers, school teachers and workers of many other industries and services, from Calais in the north to Marseille in the south. More than 200 protest marches were reported to have been organised in different parts of the country. Train and metro services were paralysed, schools remained closed and airlines and electricity supply were also affected. The strike showed the unity and the intense anger of the workers of France, in their struggle against the government’s move to deny them what is justly their due.
The trade unions have called upon the workers to mobilise widely for another day of strikes on January 31, to press for their demand for restoration of pension rights.