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(en) France, UCL - Retreats, let's not waste our life earning it! (ca, de, it, fr, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 28 Jan 2023 09:41:29 +0200

To defend their pension reform, the government and the employers are aiming to make people forget the essential: it is we, the workers, who produce the wealth and make society run. This attack is a new offensive by the bourgeoisie to condemn the entire workforce to ever longer and unbearable exploitation. Let's go back in detail to their false arguments, which we are fed repeatedly in the media... ---- A necessary reform? ---- According to the Minister of Labour, our pension system is in deficit. X WRONG! This is not the rationale for reform. In 2021 there was even a surplus of 900 million Ero and this amount would exceed 3 billion for 2022. The Pensions Orientation Council (COR) projects a transition to a deficit over the next 25 years only in 1 out of 4 scenarios, and with a return to equilibrium for 2070.

According to the government, working hours must be increased so as not to lower pensions. X WRONG! The decrease in funding desired by the government creates an artificial deficit. On the contrary, financing could be improved by increasing contributions on high salaries, the contribution of income from savings and capital, reducing the gender pay gap by increasing women's salaries, creating a student salary, etc. The alternatives abound!

An urgent reform?
According to the government, the reform is an absolute emergency. X WRONG! Or else, only for the capitalists! The real reason might surprise you: Macron himself explains that his objective is to "compensate for corporate tax cuts"...

The MEDEF repeats that our European neighbors have all already pushed back the starting age, that we have to align ourselves. X WRONG! The starting age in France is certainly in the low average, but the starting age without discount, at 67, suffered by the most fragile (choked careers, etc.) is already at the highest level in Europe. And the pensioners of these countries are in even more misery.

A just reform?
Prime Minister says reform is good for women. X WRONG! Increasing the required contribution period worsens the situation for women. She cites as a reason the maintenance of the retirement age without discount at 67, but the reality is that women's pensions are still 33% lower than those of men and the reform does nothing to correct that.

The government claims that the reform benefits the precarious with a minimum pension of Ero1,200/month. X WRONG! The reform does not bring anything positive for the most precarious. This amount corresponds to 85% of the minimum wage, which has already been an obligation since the 2003 reform, but has never been applied! Moreover, as the trade unions point out, this minimum only concerns full careers, and remains below a minimum wage that is already too low.

An obvious reform?
We are constantly told: "as we live longer, we have to work longer". X WRONG! And if we live longer, it is precisely because we worked less! Except that already, it depends on who! Life expectancy in good health is absolutely not the same for managers and workers. A third of workers and a quarter of employees are already disabled at retirement age.

The Prime Minister affirms that shifting the retirement age would increase the employment rate of seniors. X WRONG! It is in fact above all a net increase in precariousness! In practice, this increases even more the number of seniors who are unemployed, on disability, on long-term illness... especially among the most popular categories, workers and manual workers.

Retirement should not be the antechamber of death after a life dedicated to work. Let us no longer accept to work more and more for the profits of a few. Let us regain control over our lives and our work so that it becomes emancipatory and socially useful. Let's fight, kick the exploiters, and self-manage all of society!

Everyone on strike from January 19 to defend our pensions!
Libertarian Communist Union, January 13, 2023.

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