One of the France’s largest unions so for made an announcement on Thursday for yet another biggest strike by next week against the planned pension reform which has resulted in the biggest and most continual anti-austerity protests in Europe. According to the reports from parliament claims that the last senate vote on the president Nicolas Sarkozy’s disliked bill is all set to gear up so that it could come into existence by Friday.
Sarkozy, a conservative who is strong-minded to look after the unions and impose them through a rise in the retirement age, is battling with 10-day-old refinery strikes and fuel depot blockades that have dried up a quarter of France’s petrol pumps.
However the fame of the president has almost started diminishing at all-time lows 18 months before a presidential election, Sarkozy is fighting deep public opposition to a reform he says is the only way to stem a ballooning pension shortfall as the population ages.
“The government remains intransigent. We need to continue with massive action as soon as next week,” Bernard Thibault, head of the powerful CGT union, told RMC radio. Union leaders will meet on Thursday evening to agree fresh action.
“We will ask the unions for strong action that will allow people to stop work and go on to the streets,” Thibault said.
Sarkozy’s handling of the protests is being closely watched by other European governments implementing austerity cuts, as well as by markets who see it as a test of how easily France can enact other measures to safeguard its coveted AAA credit rating.