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France24 |Macron's 'Mister Pensions' resigns amid transparency scandal
moonlighting: "One of the voluntary positions Delevoye alleged he forgot to declare to France's High Authority for Transparency in Public Life (HATVP), the post of administrator for an insurance training institute, exposed him to conflict of interest allegations because the insurance sector could stand to profit should the pension revamp come to pass."
France24 | Social services at stake
"Jérémy, 34, a teacher in a college in Pierrefitte-sur-Seine (Seine-Saint-Denis), has been working for eleven years. He has been on strike since December 5 against the pension reform, a "completely unfair" proposal, according to him. He will be part of the protest on December 17. 'This affects everyone, it is a real attack on social security,' explains the teacher, who is also a union member at Sud Éducation 93."
France24 | Tensions, Favorable Polls
"A poll in Le Journal du Dimanche weekly however showed 54 percent of the French either supporting the strikers or feeling sympathetic towards their cause, up from 46 percent before the strike began on December 5. Only 30 percent of those polled opposed the strike outright."
Belfast Telly | Architect of French pension reform resigns
a record traffic jam of 390 miles: "Unions 'are fighting for their privileges, and we are paying for it', Laurence Sturm said. 'I'll never be able to retire at 55 or 60 years old. I'll have to work until 64 years old to get a full pension, and I'm paying for theirs.'"
by Cat on Mon Dec 16th, 2019 at 09:56:29 PM EST
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Belfast Telly | Northern Ireland health workers' industrial action to 'significantly disrupt' services, says ["]trust boss["], 17 Dec
"I think it will be plague on all our houses if we get this seriously wrong in the next few days."

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The four health systems of the UK: How do they compare?
"Since political devolution in 1999, there has been increasing policy divergence between the health systems of the four countries of the United Kingdom (UK)."
WHO | European Observatory on Health Systems and Policieis

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 04:27:08 PM EST
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parting two- or three-tier lace curtains

Belfast Telly | First pictures from picket lines across Northern Ireland as eleventh hour bid fails to end NHS walkout
"As it currently stands, while Mr Smith is in a position to gather additional funds, he cannot instruct the Northern Ireland Civil Service on how it should be spent. And the Department of Health has said there is no legal basis for it to allocate any additional funds from Westminster to be used to provide pay parity for health staff in Northern Ireland."
Belfast Telly | [IE] Hospital consultants to be offered 250,000-euro salary for public-only contract
"[']Consultants['] appointed since October 2012 are paid a lower rate, ranging from 135,600 to 187,700 euro per year, if they agree to work in public hospitals only."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 09:15:55 PM EST
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Protesting French forensic police recreate giant crime scene in Lyon
performance art
French PM offers concession to unions over pension reform
Philippe said in a letter to unions and employers that he was prepared to withdraw plans to raise the retirement age for full pension benefits by two years to 64 if certain conditions were met.
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He made the concession after talks between the government and trade unions to break the deadlock failed on Friday.
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Philippe aims to present the reform bill on Jan. 24 so that it can be discussed in parliament starting in mid February with the aim of passing a law before the summer break.

He said in the letter he expected unions and employers to agree on how to ensure the long-term financing of the pensions system in April. If they failed to agree, the government would pass decrees guaranteeing the pension system is [solvent] by 2027, he added.

by Cat on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 08:47:42 PM EST
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APsplainin | Paris Louvre museum closed amid strikes over pension plans
Several dozen protesters, including some Louvre employees, staged the demonstration after an appeal from several hard-left trade unions against President Emmanuel Macron's planned changes to the retirement system, which they said will "lower everyone's pensions."
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"I think it's fine if they want to protest but they shouldn't block the plans of the people who have flown over here to see an exhibition of Leonardo," said Ben Garrett of Dallas, Texass.

Gerhard Jehle of Germany, who had bought his ticket in advance, shared that view, and said he was "badly informed about the extent of the strike."

"I don't understand how this happens," Jehle said. "Public transport doesn't function. The unions have to be controlled with an iron hand."

FUIGM? That's new.
by Cat on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 07:45:00 PM EST
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LOCAL.FR | Paris Metro returns to near-normal service as union ends pension strike after 46 days
The Unsa union, which has the largest membership among employees of the RATP Paris transport network, announced over the weekend that it would be suspending its strike from Monday - 46 days after it first began unlimited action against plans to reform the French pension system.

Although some other unions, including the hardline CGT, are continuing the strike, the return of the Unsa members was enough for RATP to offer a near- normal service on Monday, to the relief of weary Parisian commuters.
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Throughout the week there will continue to be localised strikes and protests over the government's plans to do away with the 42 different 'pension regimes' that France currently has and replace them with a single universal pension.

AP | Changing tack, French strikers turn off power to press govt
"The deliberate outage lasted around two hours. It hit users in the southern suburbs of Paris, which include the Orly international airport and the massive Rungis market that supplies food to the Paris region. ...'It's symbolic,' Jouanno said of the power cut, speaking in a telephone interview. "It made a buzz and that's what everyone wants.'"
REUTERS | French workers turn to SABOTAGE as transport strike flags
"In the past week, members of hardline unions have also twice entered the headquarters of the moderate CFDT union - which backs the key principles of Macron's pension reform - and cut power there and have blocked ports and refineries in a bid to force Macron's hand. "
by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 07:31:16 PM EST
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Despite renewed strikes, France pushes on with pension plan
"Eiffel Tower", WWII Rosie Riveter travelers warning: "Macron's government struggled Friday to sell the plan to a skeptical public after the Cabinet approved two bills aimed at enshrining the changes."
by Cat on Fri Jan 24th, 2020 at 05:04:32 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jan 26th, 2020 at 05:05:52 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 07:13:53 AM EST
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