“There is a need to be present alongside the employees”: Philippe Martinez confirms a day of action and strike on September 17 at the call of the CGT

“There is a need to be present alongside the employees”: Philippe Martinez confirms a day of action and strike on September 17 at the call of the CGT

The secretary general of the CGT notably asks for an increase in the minimum wage.

“The CGT calls for a day of action and strike on September 17 in all sectors”, confirmed Philippe Martinez, secretary general of the CGT, Wednesday August 26 on franceinfo. “There is a need to be present alongside the employees” car “There is great concern about employment” with the coronavirus crisis, he stressed.

“We need an increase in the minimum wage, all those we applaud are paid as before and yet they are essential, judged Philippe Martinez. There is the question of reducing working time. There are investments to be made. There is a need to strengthen public services, to strengthen the staff in hospitals so they need to create jobs. There is a need to control the aid we give to companies ”, lists the trade unionist.

Unemployment insurance and pension reforms in the sights

“We must cancel”, the reform of unemployment insurance, adds the secretary general of the CGT, and not to reform pensions. Philippe Martinez believes that the Covid-19 crisis has shown that the French social model was “Rather an asset, so it must be strengthened”.

Strike notices are filed in education and health but “There are discussions in every school, in every hospital, in every factory, in every department, on current events, on modalities. When we are faced with a restructuring plan, it is not the same problem as when we are faced with premiums that have not been paid even though we have been promised Covid premiums, for example ”, he explains.