Saturday 8th of August 2020

french malcontents...

strike in France...

France is enduring severe disruption as millions of workers threaten to strike in protest at being forced to retire later or face reduced pensions.

School and transport workers will join police, lawyers and hospital and airport staff in a general walkout. 

France's largest nationwide strike in years was agreed by unions unhappy with President Emmanuel Macron's plans for a universal points-based pension system.

Authorities have been trying to put in place plans to mediate the disruption.

The industrial action is expected to last beyond Thursday and some trade union leaders have warned they will continue their industrial action until Mr Macron abandons his campaign promise to overhaul the retirement system.

One opinion poll put public support for the strikes at 69%, with backing strongest among 18-34 year-olds.

The Macron administration will hope to avoid a repeat of the country's general strike over pension reforms in 1995, which crippled the transport system for three weeks and drew massive popular support, forcing a government reversal.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on the eve of the strike he expected almost 250 demonstrations nationwide, some of which he said could turn violent.

"We know there will be lots of people in these protests and we know the risks. I have requested that systematically when there is rioting or violence we make arrests immediately," he said.

A number of yellow-vest protesters known as "gilets jaunes" said they plan to join the demonstrations.


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australian teachers malcontent...

NSW teachers strike to demand better pay conditions days after damning standards report·13 hours ago



NSW School teachersstrike: Classes cancelled over pay dispute. Public school teachers across NSW will walk off the job on Thursday just a day after Australia's struggling education system was handed its worst ever report card. ... There are countries whose teachers are paid much less but get better results.3 hours ago › news › nsw › news-story
NSW School teachers' strike: Classes cancelled over pay ...



The daily Tele "blames" the teachers for the lower results.... In fact the salaries in other countries is not relevant, nor the quality of the teachers. But what is relevant are the loitering politicians who will cut anything that moves......






paris in shut down...

Paris: French police fired tear gas at demonstrators on Thursday as the Eiffel Tower shut down, the country's high-speed trains stood still and tens of thousands marched nationwide in a strike over the government's plan to overhaul the retirement system.

At least 87 protesters were arrested in the French capital by evening as the protests wound down.

Unions launched the open-ended, nationwide walkout over President Emmanuel Macron's centrepiece reform in the biggest challenge to the centrist leader since the yellow vest movement against economic inequality erupted a year ago.


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no joyeux noël from manu...

Unlike previous years, Emmanuel Macron did not send Christmas greetings to the French. Having broken with tradition, the President of the Republic has become the target of many critics. 2019 has not been easy for Emmanuel Macron. Between social movements, defections and diplomatic snub, why would the president forget to wish "Merry Christmas" to his fellow citizens?


Why would he decide to change the tradition? Mystery. The fact remains that the silence of the tenant of the Elysée said a lot. On Twitter, the European deputy, Nadine Morano, sent a murderous tweet in the direction of Emmanuel Macron: "I waited, but our communication expert President did not wish Merry Christmas to his people ... Apart from criticizing France abroad, why is loving it, honoring its traditions and its Christian roots, so difficult? The new world is distressing."


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