Workers gathered in Bagnols-sur-Cèze for the day of all demands

Workers gathered in Bagnols-sur-Cèze for the day of all demands
Workers gathered in Bagnols-sur-Cèze for the day of all demands

Around a hundred people, mainly supporters of the CGT, gathered this Wednesday, May 1, 2024 on the Maurice Aurelle esplanade in front of the War Memorial in Bagnols-sur-Cèze.

For this Wednesday 1er May 2024, under a threatening sky, around a hundred people, mainly supporters of the CGT, gathered on the Maurice Aurelle esplanade in front of the War Memorial. “1er May is not Labor Day but workers’ day. recalls in the preamble Charly Roché, representative of the CGT of Gard Rhodanien. “For activists, he adds, it is a day of demands and above all of alert to denounce the virulent and repeated attacks of the government against employees, retirees, the unemployed and the sick”.

Against the “simplification” project

Charly Roché is not angry with the latest government project, “which is humbly called simplification: The goal is simply to hide certain lines on the pay slip so that they allow employees to understand where the money goes and how it comes back to them in a deferred manner declares the union representative. These reforms are purely ideological, they favor the interests of international groups”. The activist believes that “the goal of all workers’ struggles is social progress”.

The relay of national discourses

The various union representatives read national speeches with strong emphasis on international politics. David Crunelle, FSU representative, denounces government actions aimed at “smicardize the country by distributing public money to big businesses in the form of various exemptions”. Marta Nicolas, representative of Union Solidaire 30, alerted “on attacks against civil servants, in particular precarious contracts which have become essential in too many administrations”. She denounces “government violence” towards their various opponents but also towards young people.

The “der” by Geneviève Sabathé

In the Gard Rhodanien, this 1er May has a symbolic character for a local figure: in fact, it is the last 1er May in Bagnols-sur-Cèze of the tireless activist Geneviève Sabathé. From now on, the former leader of the Bagnols Insoumise action group will operate on Louis Aliot’s land, in Perpignan, in the largest French city managed by the National Rally. “If someone is going to bring me oranges in prison, I want them to be Palestinian” jokes the future Perpignan resident.

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