Transport users face major inconvenience to get around on the sixth day of a strike, which schools shut down and canceled flights
Civil servants protested peacefully on Tuesday (10) in French cities, following a request from unions to hold one of the biggest protests in decades against President Emmanuel Macron's pension reform.
Transport users had a hard time getting around on the sixth day of the strike, which unions say forced schools to close in Paris, airlines to cancel 20% of flights and refineries to suspend distribution.
Unions show no sign of retreat in the battle that may define Macron's presidency, which is determined to overhaul a system of more than 40 pension plans that offer some of the world's most generous benefits.
"Yes, there is a need for reform of the pension system. But there is no need to end it," Philippe Martinez, head of the CGT union told France 2.
Unions are urging railroads, doctors, teachers and other civil servants to increase pressure on Macron before his government makes its proposals on Wednesday.
The strike is one of the largest since 1995, when Prime Minister Alain Juppe was forced to give up a pension reform after weeks of industrial shutdown, a defeat he never recovered from.
Macron wants to replace the complicated pension system, which has more than 40 different plans, with a single point-based model in which every pensioner has equal rights for every euro he has contributed.
Without reform, there will be a deficit of up to 17 billion euros, 0.7% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2025, an independent committee predicted.
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