“It’s tied up, the pension reform will pass, but we have to show that we don’t agree”
For Martine and Anne, friends who parade together in Dijon, “it’s now or never that…
For Martine and Anne, friends who parade together in Dijon, “it’s now or never that everything is decided”
Martine is a school teacher and is 55 years old. Her sign, Saturday afternoon in Dijon (Côte-d’Or), sums up everything she thinks of the reform: ” Difficulty ! “. By her side, her friend Anne, 60 years old in two months, a specialist educator for disabled children, thinks that she will not be able to ” take [sa] retirement before age 69, despite [ses] three years of parental leave and while she did not know “that about ten months of unemployment in [sa] life “.
The two protesters are there “as citizens and women”. The reform, which they hardly doubt will be implemented, is for them ” a scam “. Common explanation: “There is no problem financing the funds, we find money to wage war and we can recover it by fighting against tax evasion. »
Martine and Anne march together against the pension reform in Dijon, Saturday March 11, 2023.
Convinced that the reform “used to divert attention” real subjects, ” show “ politics drives them to despair. “Everyone plays their role, the government, the oppositions, the unions, it feels like being at the theater”said one. “With ready-made replicas”, adds the other. The outcome is expected for them: “It’s now or never that everything is decided. It would take real blockages, but hey…”
Martine and Anne no longer have any illusions. ” That the government’s project is falling apart, I doubt it when I see how the debate is going with the procedures usedadmits the teacher. We talk about the retirement age but almost not about the contribution period. But it comes down to the same thing, in the end. »
If the reform is adopted, whatever the way, will they continue their fight? The two women look at each other, hesitate, before answering: “Yes, of course, we would like to, but what can we do? »
Jean-Pierre Tenoux (Besançon, correspondent)