A second May 1st under Covid-19, the unions back in the street


Social demands are descending into the streets. For the second year in a row, the mobilization of May 1, the International Workers’ Day, takes place in times of Covid-19. But in 2021, the parades were able to resume.

At midday, the processions began to set off in several cities in France at the call of the CGT, FO, FSU and Solidaire, as in Bordeaux, Lille or Marseille. The CGT recorded nearly 300 events in France.

The Montreuil power plant called, with FO, the FSU and Solidaires to make May 1 a “Day of mobilization and demonstrations”, “For jobs, wages, public services, social protection, freedoms and peace in the world”.

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Present in Lille, the leader of rebellious France Jean-Luc Mélenchon gave a speech in the air of the presidential campaign: “I have come to tell you, if you are resigned, if you are afraid, if you lower your eyes […] we can build a whole new world if we want! “, he exclaimed.

“I hope that on May 1, 2022, I can come back to see you as President of the Republic, having reinstated 8 hours of work, 35 hours and retirement at 60 ! “, he added.

Also in Lille, PCF secretary general Fabien Roussel said: “We are starting to explode with anger, with demands, because it is no longer bearable today to work in unworthy conditions, to be there to take care of children in schools, to take care of the elderly. , to work in factories, and not to be rewarded in return, not to have a fair salary, not to be able to live with dignity from his work, not to mention those who lose it. “

In Paris, the procession will leave at 2 p.m. from Place de la République in the direction of Place de la Nation. CGT number one Philippe Martinez and his FO counterpart Yves Veyrier will parade side by side.

“Last year there was frustration not being able to parade. We are resuming our good habits “, rejoiced Saturday morning on Europe 1 Philippe Martinez, after a confined May 1, 2020. While the health situation remains delicate, “We are not oblivious […] we are careful, we are masked “, he assured Saturday on Europe 1.

“What we wanted was to mark the fact that we are here and that we will be there tomorrow”

The authorities expect around 100,000 demonstrators across the country. In 2019, the Ministry of the Interior had counted 164,000 demonstrators and the CGT 310,000.

“We do not expect massive mobilizations today. What we wanted was to mark the fact that we are here and that we will be there tomorrow. This is a warning ”, said FO number one Yves Veyrier on Saturday on France inter.

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The Paris police headquarters have indicated that they are planning a “Adapted device” to deal with the possible “Presence of radical elements”, without specifying the number of agents deployed. “It will be a substantial device”, according to a police source.

The CFDT for its part is organizing a virtual gathering with exchanges on Facebook with activists. “Given the sanitary conditions, we made the choice to go virtually again this year” , Laurent Berger explained on Saturday on France info, saying he took this choice and noting that on May 1 “It is not the alpha and omega of union mobilization either.”



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