Interview. New demonstrations for wage growth in the public and private sectors in Cahors and Figeac

Jérôme Delmas demands an increase in wages and denounces growing precarity.
Jérôme Delmas demands an increase in wages and denounces growing precarity. (©JCB)

New on March 17, 2022 inter-union and interprofessional activities Pay raises are being held at Cahors and Figeac. After the January 27 demonstrations, calls were made to raise wages and mobilize private and public.Lot’s own inner union at the initiative of the CGT, UNSA, FSU, Solidaires and youth organizations FIDL, MNL, UNEF and VL are responding once again to the national slogan for a new interprofessional mobilization day in Cahors and Figeac on Thursday 17 March. Jérôme Delmas defines the scope of this national movement.

News: What does this national day of action mean to you?

Jerome Delmas: It’s going to be a show day among professionals on wages, especially when we realize that profits and dividend distributions to shareholders are exploding at many companies despite the pandemic. The increase in salaries is a legitimate demand for millions of employees, especially as the dividend figure of 70 billion euros has been advanced for 4/40 shareholders. The 500 richest families in France doubled their fortunes during Emmanuel Macron’s five-year tenure. Despite all this, nothing happens in the face of the imperative wage increase demands, where inflation exceeds 3.6%, and after a week the situation gets a little more difficult. The last pay raises that could be here, or it’s long gone… All the pay tables are completely outdated. Most employees start under Smic grids in various collective agreements. This question is even more important as all products increase, starting with the price of fuel.

Aren’t you afraid that the war in Ukraine is getting in the way of your worries?

JD: The general international context we know about the war in Ukraine will only make things worse, that’s for sure. However, the question of wages is at the center of all their concerns, if not the main concern of the French.

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Is it a good time to finalize salary negotiations?

JD: Yes, this is the opportune moment, because the mobilizations are not masked by external circumstances or anything else! The state of emergency continues and even continues. It started with terrorism, then the Yellow Vests, then the health crisis, now the war in Ukraine… And meanwhile, on a daily basis, the workers can’t deal with it anymore; they just want to live with dignity, which is no longer the case… 10% of the French today apply for food aid!

Do you dispute the suitability of the aid schemes put in place by the government?

JD: I repeat to myself, what’s scandalous and obvious to everyone is what’s going on with slightly impoverished employees on the one hand, and large groups, 4/40 bosses and finances on the other. those who cram themselves on this scale like never before! In the midst of a crisis, 70 billion euros in dividends were paid this year. And these same bosses still have the guts to ask for a bailout with these billions distributed to companies. 888 million for Renault, 4.1 billion for Airbus during the crisis when vehicle sales decreased, and when air traffic was paralyzed… What rudeness! Our money was distributed for public resources and incentive packages. And with the war in Ukraine, Medef cries when we know how much profit the weapons manufacturers will make from it. We also know who will be the first victims, namely the workers, the ordinary people, who want nothing and only one thing: to live in peace and dignity from their salary. !

You are expanding the scope of your wage demands beyond the borders, can you explain to us?

JD: Demanding a salary also means fighting for a decent salary for all citizens of the planet, not just the French. In the 21st century, it is unacceptable to have countries where workers cannot live. This is what we advocate today and will continue a fortiori inter-union and inter-professional at this demonstration on March 17.

What is your view on the repeated increases in fuel prices?

JD: It’s especially painful for those working in rural departments like ours, where everyone drives to work. Every day we catch our eye on the pump. So, lower taxes, yes… But let’s leave this check distribution, the wages the workers want, because prices are going up, wages have to go up. We have passed through a pandemic crisis affecting the global health of entire populations and especially workers. I remind you that they are the ones who come to work even harder to ensure the maintenance of public services, the opening of shops, the functioning of health, personal assistance, all necessary trades.

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General Secretary of the CGT Division Lot Association

Communication: Labor exchange – place Rousseau in Cahors. Tel: 05 65 35 08 56 – 06 82 02 95 89. Mail: [email protected]

It will be featured on La Vie Quercynoise, which will air on Thursday, March 17.

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