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(en) France, UCL - Pensions, The fight against pension reform is a feminist fight (ca, de, it, fr, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 3 Feb 2023 10:21:27 +0200

Today in France, women receive a retirement pension that is 40% lower than that of men. The cause? Women are often confined to less well-paid, more precarious salaried work and choppy careers. The reform project will worsen these inequalities, but all together, working women can win. ---- Double day - half-retirement ---- If women receive retirement pensions almost half those of men, this is primarily due to pay inequalities: in 2022 again, the average salary of women is lower by 22%). But who says low wages, says low contributions, then low pensions. ---- In addition to being paid less, women are more forced into choppy careers because they do most of the domestic work. It's a double working day: at work and at home. This makes our careers more precarious: it is mostly mothers who adjust to births (reduction in working time, interruption of activity) and then experience difficulties in finding an equivalent position or even a position at all. And the government would like to stop counting the quarters for maternity in the annuities!

Exhaustion or misery
Today, twice as many women as men are forced to work until the age of 67 to leave without a discount! With the transition to 43 annuities from 2027, until what age will our exhausted bodies have to enrich the bosses, so that we can leave with a decent retirement?

This is all the more intolerable since precariousness prevents us, at any age, from fleeing violent spouses. Retired women are sadly no exception, they represent 21% of feminicides. Increasingly miserable pensions will only make the situation worse.

Behind the ads, the scam
The government adorns its reform with supposedly progressive bluster measures for women: this is a lie. The taking into account of parental leave is limited to 4 trimesters and only intervenes for long careers, (if one worked 5 trimesters before 20 years). Too bad for those who do not have a full career or who have had longer parental leaves.

The minimum pension of Ero 1,200 gross, below the poverty line, has existed since 2003 without being applied. It only concerns long careers fully paid at minimum wage, without interruption or part-time work. According to a 2018 report, this would concern... 48 people out of 2.5 million. An announcement that will not change anything, especially not for women!

Our strength: we are essential
The health crisis has shown that women work overwhelmingly in sectors that are essential for society to simply function. This shows as much the absurdity and injustice of wage and pension inequalities as the effectiveness of the balance of power that we can impose by building the strike.

We want equality!
Equal pay, which would fill the pension funds with 7 billion euros.
Taking into account hardship, essential in feminized sectors (nurses have an average life expectancy of 7 years less)
The taking into account of all parental leave and quarters for maternity in the calculation of the pension, as recognition of the free work of women.
Retirement at age 60, without annuity conditions.
When women stand up, the people move forward!

All on strike today for our pensions, March 8 for total equality!

Libertarian Communist Union, January 26, 2023

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