a thousand demonstrators despite a rainy May 1st

The incessant rain in Bayonne this Wednesday morning augured a weak mobilization. The trade union organizations will certainly be satisfied with the thousand demonstrators on this rotten May 1st. At the local call of six unions (1), those mobilized responded to the slogan: “Let’s fight for the sharing of wealth. »


A thousand people took part in the demonstration on May 1, 2024, in Bayonne.

Émilie Drouinaud

After a sunny and extremely unifying May 1, 2023 against pension reform (2), the spectrum of demands is much broader, a year later. But if it were necessary to find the greatest common denominator, the idea of ​​looking towards the top of the wealth ladder would prevail.

The demonstrators oppose “the record dividends” (3) of the main French companies, to the “endless austerity measures and loss of rights” imposed on employees, retirees and “deprived of employment”.

” Thanks boss “

Under the umbrellas, we suggest “taxing the rich”. Bizi associations! and Alda say it in music, to the tune of “Thank you boss”, by the mischievous Charlots. According to the Attac organization, there would be 60 million euros to trickle down from these high levels. Facsimiles of notes bearing a string of zeros are distributed, which point towards the taxation of “superprofits”, that of the highest assets, financial transactions, etc.


The rain accompanied the entire parade on Wednesday 1st in Bayonne.

Émilie Drouinaud

Pension reform and unemployment insurance appear to be the two recent symbols of a government policy which “prefers to take what little there is to take from the least well-filled pockets,” criticizes a demonstrator. “Rather than attacking his friends from the Cac 40,” she adds.

“Tax the rich”, a widely shared slogan.


“Tax the rich”, a widely shared slogan.

Émilie Drouinaud

“Let us not resign ourselves to our impoverishment and the dismantling of our social protection system,” urge the speeches. “Let us demand a general increase in salaries and their indexation to inflation, real health and safety plans to return alive and in good health from work, 100% reimbursement of medical costs, the repeal of pension reforms and unemployment insurance. »

(1) CFDT, CGT, LAB, FSU, Solidaires and Unsa.
(2) 7,000 people in Bayonne.
(3) 67.8 billion in dividends in 2023.

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