The French government plans in the next five years to reduce 120 thousand jobs in the public sector. In September in Paris took place many thousands demonstration which participants demanded of the government to refuse reform.
Participation in the strike was taken by all the nine unions of public sector workers, representing 5.4 million employees. As emphasized in the trade unions, the strike speaks of a "fundamental disagreement" with the plans of the Makron.
In large cities, including Lyon and Nantes, held protest marches. The two largest trade Union, France — French democratic Confederation of labour (CFDT) and labor force (FO) — supported the strike.
The head of the CFDT Laurent Berger in an interview with the newspaper Les Echos said that the public sector is suffering from a serious "budgetary constraints". "It seems the government is not aware of the degree of anxiety among civil servants," says Berger.
The leader of the FO, Jean-Claude Maya joined the demonstrators in Lyon. According to him, he fully supported the strikers, who are supposed to protect their rights, status, and income.
Speaking in Lyon Maya noted that "the strategy of austerity" will put into question the existence of the public sector. According to him, he feared that hospitals and kindergartens will be transferred to the private sector. In November, the unions plan to hold a number of demonstrations against economic reforms.
In September, tens of thousands of people took part in protests in Paris, which was held immediately after the signing of the Macron law, which simplifies the procedure of hiring and dismissal of employees. This protest was organized by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, politician of the left wing, which is considered to be consistent opponent of the Makron.
Macron, whose government has promised for five years to reduce unemployment from the current 9.5 to 7%, stated that they expected resistance to new labour laws. In his opinion, the protests could continue for several months.
Support of Macron in France has declined significantly since, when he won the presidency on 7 may.