|Content Type||Blog & Commentary, News, Overview|
Major strikes began on 19 January 2023 in response to the French Government's announced pension reform bill. Eight of France's largest unions launched strike action over the reforms. Protests against the bill were held across the country, with millions of people participating in demonstrations. The impacts of the strike have been widespread and have affected various sectors including the aviation industry, waste collection, tourism, and oil refineries.
In January 2023 the French Government, led by president Emmanuel Marco, introduced a pension reform bill which increases the legal retirement age from 62 to 64 by 2030, beginning 1 September 2023. On Thursday 19 January an estimated 1.12 people took to the streets across cities and town in France to protest the reforms.
On 16 March, French Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne invoked article 49:3 of the constitution minutes before the reform bill was to be voted on, allowing the reforms to be enacted without a parliamentary vote. This led to two no-confidence motions being filed against the government, both of which were unsuccessful.
On 14 April the Constitutional Council voted to approve the key proposals of Macron's pension reform. In response, union leaders called for another round of mass protests on 1 May.
|Subject Categories||Employment and Social Affairs|
|Subject Tags||Labour Market, Welfare State|
|Keywords||Pensions | Pension Schemes, Protests
|Countries / Regions||France|