Mathilde Panot would understand if workers strike before and during the Olympic Games

“The right to strike is social democracy,” judged the leader of the LFI deputies.


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The leader of La France insoumise, Mathilde Panot, on October 24, 2023 at the National Assembly.  (XOSE BOUZAS / HANS LUCAS / AFP)

The leader of the LFI deputies Mathilde Panot would understand that there are strike movements before and during the Paris Olympic Games (from July 26 to August 11), against a government “who only hears the balance of power”. “The right to strike is social democracy”, hammered the elected official on Friday February 16 on BFMTV, questioned about the SNCF controllers’ strike.

Face “to a government that listens to nothing and no one”the member for Val-de-Marne also encouraged workers to mobilize before and during the Paris Olympics, “if the balance of power is favorable to them”. When “the government only hears the balance of power, well we must use the balance of power to the maximum”, she estimated.

The executive “hears nothing else”

The executive “hears nothing else, neither the vote of the Assembly, nor the greatest social movement in fifty years [contre la réforme des retraites]nor all the strikes which are multiplying for the increase of wages”, she lamented. Worse still according to her, he will “contrary to all that is the social progress that there has been in our country for years and which was won by the strike.”

While the SNCF controllers’ strike is in full swing this weekend of holidaymakers, the right this week demanded a reform to better regulate the right to strike, with some fearing in particular a “blackmail of the unions with the executive” before the Olympics.

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