May 19, 2019

France hit by strikes as workers protest raising of retirement age

I am telling you Carla, if the French voters are going to retire me at the next election I am going to see to it that they never get to retire themselves. Do you think anyone realises I am standing on a box here?

France is set to face chaos as a general strike by workers protesting against Nicolas Sarkozy’s plans to raise the retirement age gets underway today.

Train services and air traffic are expected to be severely disrupted when the 24 hour strike gets under way as well as public transport, banks, and the postal service.

Unions are expecting hundreds of thousands of private and public sector workers to take to the streets to protest about the plans.

It wouldn’t be France if someone wasn’t protesting about something. With autumn starting and two more years of right-wing government to look forward too unrest is brewing fast.

Secondary school teachers started the protest ball rolling on Monday by striking about another one of Nicolas’s cunning plans to cut 7,000 jobs in education.

President Sarkozy says he will not back down from his plan to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62. Under the proposed law, the age for full pension payments would be lifted from 65 to 67.

Newswarped is proud of the fact it has written an article about Nicolas Sarkozy and not had to resort to cheap jokes about his height and ‘small man syndrome’.