The French hardline union calls for more strikes to counter Macron's pension reform

PARIS: The French hard-line union CGT called for more strikes on Wednesday France This month, after the president promised to promote a reform of the pension system after weeks of national strikes by unions.

Macron said in a traditional Eve speech on Tuesday that he hoped his government would quickly find a compromise with the unions on the reform, but without departing from the principles established by the ministers.

Unions are trying to force the former investment banker to abandon his overhaul of France 's pension system with nationwide strikes since December 5 that have crippled public transport.

I had the impression of having heard these words thousands of times, the head of the CGT union told BFM television about Macron's address.

I still don't see anything new in the government's position. The alarm the signal must be stronger, we need strikes everywhere, Martinez said.

Martinez said his organization would participate in a meeting between the unions and the government on January 7.