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Pension reform: why do strikes often occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays?

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Not surprisingly, the next mobilization against the pension reform was chosen on Tuesday, January 31st. The first day of the demonstration took place on Thursday 19 January. Nothing particularly surprising: most calls for mobilization are focused on these two days of the week.

“The choice of the day of mobilization is always a subject of discussion between various stakeholders,” the CGT points out. Why do unions prefer Tuesday and Thursday to other days? Just for the sake of efficiency. “At this time, you can gather the most people,” emphasizes Stefan Siro, historian, specialist in the sociology of strikes and trade unionism.

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Monday, in fact, is excluded. Some employees may ask to take advantage of the long weekend on this day. In addition, a sort of “weapons vigil” is usually held before mobilization day to organize, for example, a security force to accompany the demonstration. However, trade union officials “are not going to meet on Sunday to clarify the latest issues,” said Stefan Siro.

Wednesday children’s day

Why not on Wednesday? The historian notes that this would mean the risk of “depriving yourself of some of the people who would have come on Tuesday or Thursday.” Many employees do take their day or half day from Wednesday to take care of their out-of-school children.

Like Mondays, Fridays are too close to the weekend. Many employees take advantage of the opportunity to complete the RTT and thus take advantage of the three days off.

Another element plays against Friday, Stefan Siro points out: renewability strikes. “If the renewed strike starts on Friday and we set the day of action to next Monday, people who work in the civil service will have their wages taken for four days because the administration thinks they are on strike for the entire period. In order not to exhaust the finances of the strikers, “therefore, the unions try not to organize conflicts on Friday.”

“Weekend demonstrations are not a trade union movement”

What about the weekend? “It has already been done,” the historian admits. But for the unions, it’s not just the demonstrations that are part of the conflict. The strike, that is, the termination of working hours, is also an important means of demonstrating the balance of power. In their eyes, weekend demonstrations are not trade unionism. »

Mobilizations on weekends are more likely to be carried out by politicians, notes Stefan Siro. This was particularly the case this Saturday, January 21st, with a march against pension reform organized by a dozen youth organizations and supported by La France insoumise Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

Source: Le Parisien

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