The Constitutional Council rejects the second draft referendum of shared initiative

Unsurprisingly, the Constitutional Council rejected on Wednesday May 3 the second proposal to organize a referendum of shared initiative (RIP) put forward by left-wing parliamentarians with the objective of “prohibiting a legal retirement age pension above 62 years”, as provided for in the government reform. In his decision, he said he had judged that “the bill does not relate, within the meaning of article 11 of the Constitution, to a reform relating to the social policy” of the Nation.

The Nupes had filed via the Senate this second appeal after the invalidation by the Elders, on April 14, of a request going in the same direction but formulated differently. This second version was accompanied by a paragraph considering tax revenue linked to capital resources to secure the financing of the pay-as-you-go pension.

In a statement, the Nupes invites to continue “the battle”. “Once again, the Fifth Republic expels the people from political decision-making,” she writes. For the Group of the Democratic and Republican Left of the Assembly, which includes the deputies of the Communist Party, this rejection “can only fuel the anger of our fellow citizens”. Matignon, for his part, “takes note” of the decision of the Constitutional Council.

A new day of mobilization on June 6

Next step for the opponents of the reform: June 6, date of the day of national mobilization at the call of the inter-union, two days before the discussion in the National Assembly of a bill from the Liot group aimed at repeal the reform bill. Monday 1is May, Labor Day, some 800,000 demonstrators have reiterated their opposition to this disputed text in the streets for months, called to come into force in September.

The executive wants to quickly start discussions with the social partners on issues such as the employment of seniors, the RSA and the reform of the France Travail entity, called to replace Pôle emploi. The CFDT has accepted the principle of a meeting with Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, who should issue invitations by Friday May 5 according to Matignon.

“We really welcome this desire for dialogue and we obviously hope that it will be shared by all the employee unions and the representatives of employers’ organizations because the roadmap that is before us requires close dialogue with the intermediary bodies, with the unions,” said government spokesman Olivier Véran during the day. “We must move forward on full employment, the end of careers, low wages, working conditions,” he added during the report of the Council of Ministers.

For his part, President Emmanuel Macron continues to meet the French in the regions, where he is each time welcomed by groups more or less provided with demonstrators armed with saucepans. The Head of State will be Thursday, May 4 in Saintes (Charente-Maritime) to talk about the reform of vocational high schools.

With Reuters (Writing by Elizabeth Pineau and Kate Entringer, editing by Jean Terzian and Nicolas Delame)

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