This Saturday, while the pension reform is currently being examined by senators, article 1 and special regimes were on the agenda. On the one hand, the Republicans want to accelerate the abolition of special schemes for public service employees. On the other hand, the government refuses concessions deemed too liberal.
The standoff begins in the Senate. The pension reform is currently being examined by senators who want above all to discuss the substance of the reform. This Saturday, article 1 and special diets were on the agenda. A subject on which the Republicans hope to make the government bend.
An almost religious calm
On the one hand, the Republicans want to accelerate the abolition of special schemes for employees of the RATP, the SCNF, the Banque de France and other public services. On the other, the government refuses concessions deemed too liberal, just a few days before the general strike and therefore the mobilization of all employees benefiting from these special schemes. But another actor tries to interfere in this debate, it is the senatorial left, like the former socialist minister Victorin Lurel, who denounces the hypocrisy of his colleagues attached to the special regime of the Senate. “We are therefore going to propose the abolition of five special diets. How are you going to maintain credibility?” he asks.
In the Senate, everyone pays attention to their image. Before Tuesday’s demonstration, no deviation or slippage is allowed by the chairman of the meeting. The debates take place in an almost religious calm, very far from the atmosphere experienced two weeks ago in the National Assembly.