Purchasing power: demonstrations are organized throughout France this Thursday to demand wage increases

The street is heard. Demonstrations are planned throughout France on Thursday January 27, at the call of trade unions and youth organizations, to demand wage increases, in a context marked by the resurgence of the question of purchasing power. a few weeks before the presidential election.

Some 170 rallies will take place at the call of the CGT, FO, FSU and Solidaires unions, according to Céline Verzeletti (CGT). “We really think we can do a lot more than October 5”, she told AFP. This day of mobilization brought together 85,400 people according to the Ministry of the Interior and more than 160,000 according to the CGT.

In Paris, the demonstrators will meet around noon at Place de la Bastille for a “meeting concert” during which the union leaders will speak, before setting off around 2 p.m. towards Bercy. High school students should meet at Place de la Nation at 11 a.m.

Political figures will also be present, at a time when opinion polls put the issue of purchasing power at the top of voters’ concerns. The presidential candidates Fabien Roussel (PCF), Yannick Jadot (EELV) and Jean-Luc Mélenchon (LFI) have been announced.

Teachers, already in the streets on January 13 and 20 to protest against the management of the Covid-19 health crisis at school, will be “almost 20%” to be on strike in the first degree, according to the Snuipp-FSU union, which represents teachers in nursery and elementary schools.

On the public transport side, the circulation of regional trains will be slightly disrupted, according to the SNCF. In Ile-de-France, one in three trains will run on the RER B North line. On the RER A, C, D and line H of the Transilien, three out of four trains will run.

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