What to remember from the May 1st mobilization in Cher, this Wednesday?

What to remember from the May 1st mobilization in Cher, this Wednesday?
What to remember from the May 1st mobilization in Cher, this Wednesday?

Despite the rain, nearly 700 demonstrators expressed their anger this Wednesday in the streets of Bourges, Vierzon, Saint-Amand-Montrond and Saint-Florent-sur-Cher. Reform of unemployment insurance, low wages in the face of inflation were topical, in a context also marked by the conflict in Gaza.

The rain was beating, the slogans were rhyming and anger was rising. If the processions were not provided to match the exceptional mobilization of last year in the Cher, during a period of demonstration against the pension reform, May 1, Labor Day, remains a major social event . Despite contrary weather from Vierzon to Saint-Amand via Bourges, but also Saint-Florent-sur-Cher where the prefecture announced 55 demonstrators, between 600 and 700 people gathered in the street.

In Bourges, there were 280 according to our count, 330 for the prefecture and 320 according to the CGT. A union which took advantage of the mobilization to inaugurate a plaque tribute to Maurice Renaudat, resistance fighter from Cher, who died on August 18. Before sweeping away the news: “This May 1 is even more marked by the announcements which send chills down the spine for many workers and their families,” summarized Sébastien Martineau, departmental secretary of the CGT. Salaries, pensions, low social minimums, exorbitant prices, unemployment insurance, savings, austerity, statuses, Labor Code, public hospital, public services, education, training and culture are in the crosshairs of this government. In the procession, there were many slogans advocating peace in Gaza.

This May 1st is even more marked by the announcements that send shivers down the spine for many workers and their families.

In Vierzon, the demonstrators came in numbers: 250 according to our count and that of the police and 310 according to the CGT. And for good reason, “it’s a special day of action,” recalls David Bouquet, deputy secretary of the CGT organization. It is global, happens simultaneously, and is based on the same initial demand: the acquisition and respect of workers’ rights everywhere, in all countries and against war. »

The video summary of the May 1 demonstrations in the Cher

Daniel Angibaud, former secretary general of the local union of the CGT in Vierzon, returned to the importance of mobilization, in particular against the future reform of unemployment insurance: “It is a way of regulating a little more the situation of the unemployed. The objective should not be to control them, but to give them work. This is a way of placing even more people in precariousness. »

In Saint-Amand-Montrond, the mobilization, whose meeting was given at 10 a.m., brought together 60 people according to our count, 71 according to the police, 80 according to the CGT. Despite the pouring rain, the procession walked for a few minutes, rue Nationale, before finishing its march in front of the wall of the executed, to lay a wreath. Dominique Larduinat, representative of the local CGT union, explains: “It’s an inter-union call. The unions who wanted to come are there (FSU, Peasant Confederation, Editor’s note). We can clearly see that there are very few seniors at work, and that is not the objective. On the other hand, the government’s objective is to give them the lowest pension. »

Matis Rapacioli, Antoine Bailleron and Jéraud Mouchet

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