Pensions: ski lifts threatened by an unlimited strike notice

The mountain lifts could well be idling in two weeks. minicel73 /

Force Ouvrière and the CGT are calling for mobilization from midnight January 31 in order to “be better heard” as the winter holidays approach.

And if the ski resorts, which are preparing for the next February holidays, could not offer its enthusiasts all of its activities? This is what the entire mountain sector fears in view of two unlimited strike notices filed by two ski lift unions on January 31 at midnight, the second day of national demonstration against pension reform. This Monday, Force Ouvrière joined the CGT in its mobilization, according to RMC. Between them, the unions obtained nearly 100% of the votes in the last elections in the ski lift sector. “We decided to call a strike during the February holidays, because the demands will be better heard during this period”explains Eric Becker, general secretary of ski lifts at Force Ouvrière.

Although“unlimited”this strike notice does not mean that ski lift employees will not return to work. “The lifts will operate normally from the next day: we do not want to further weaken companies already in difficulty”, says Eric Becker. And to add that “this notice” strives to meet legal deadlines to “allow seasonal workers to participate in the next day of mobilization against the pension reform, which should be decided for one day in February”.

A delicate context as the vacation period, which begins in two weeks for Zone A (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Nouvelle-Aquitaine) is one of the best times of the year for the area. In the strike notice document, Force Ouvrière does not limit its demands to the question of pensions. If the union wishes to maintain the “current retirement system and pensionshe also asks the “return to the measures of the unemployment agreement 2017” and one “extension of contract duration“.

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