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Pension Reform

France Enters Second Month of National Strike

As union leaders negotiate with the government behind the backs of their rank and file, France’s workers continue to strike against Macron’s plan to overhaul the pension system. Yesterday’s national day of action occurred alongside a 96-hour blockade of eight oil refineries around the country and brought hundreds of thousands of people into the streets.

Madeleine Freeman

January 10, 2020

Prospects of the General Strike in France

The success of the December 5 national strike and its continuation, as well as the renewal of the strike in several strategic sectors such as transportation, show a qualitative leap in the class struggle in France and perhaps even globally.

Juan Chingo

December 30, 2019

Mass Mobilizations in France Against Macron’s Pension Reform

This Wednesday, the French government unveiled the details of its proposed pension reform. Tuesday marked the second day of mass mobilization, while an ongoing general strike had already paralyzed the country for six days.

France Paralyzed by Largest General Strike in Decades

A general strike began in France today against President Emmanuel Macron's sweeping pension reform. The strike has been called by unions representing railway and transport workers, hospital workers, teachers, firefighters, and students. The biggest of its kind in decades, the strike currently paralyzing France is expected to continue through the week.

IzquierdaDiario.es

December 5, 2019

Brazilian Workers Strike Against Bolsonaro’s Pension Cuts

Work stoppages took place in 111 cities and towns, mainly in public transit. Demonstrations were held in 181 cities.

Esquerda Diário

June 17, 2019

How to Kill a Bill: Mass Protests Stall Unpopular Pension Reform in Argentina

An attempt to reform the pension system in Argentina elicits vigorous popular rejection. After a brief spring following October elections, Mauricio Macri’s right wing government faces the deepest crisis and most concerted opposition since he took office in 2015.

Juan C

December 19, 2017

Argentina: Thousands of Protesters Face Violent Repression in the Fight over Pension Reform

For the past few weeks, Cambiemos — President Macri’s ruling coalition — has been trying to ram a pension reform through the House of Deputies. These efforts have unexpectedly hit a wall as mass protests outside the Congress have forced the government to put the legislation on hold.

Gloria Grinberg

December 16, 2017