unions record a significant increase in membership
Barthélémy Philippe, edited by Alexandre Dalifard
06:50, February 06, 2023
As the third day of mobilization against the pension reform takes place on Tuesday, the trade unions are regaining influence, even if the final objective is far from being achieved. The main unions are demanding an increase in their numbers linked to the mobilization.
Vigil of arms for the unions. This Tuesday is act three of the mobilization against the pension reform. At the origin of the movement, the trade unions are regaining influence, even if the objective of pushing the government to abandon its reform is far from being achieved. A union revival that is beginning to show in the numbers. The main unions are demanding an increase in their numbers linked to the mobilization.
An exceptional month of January
The CFDT evokes an exceptional month of January, with 10,000 new memberships. Twice as usual at the same period. At the CGT too, the fight for pensions is attracting new members. The union claims 7,300 new members in January. Same dynamic at Force Ouvrière, which has declared 5,000 since mid-November. But according to Dominique Andolfatto, all these announcements are above all a communication strategy. “Regularly, when there are movements like this, the unions say they are gaining members. At the time of the annual report, we realize that the incidence is low, even zero. There is a rather downward trend in the union membership, which has fallen by 10% in ten years”, specifies the political scientist.
First organization of employees in number of members, the CGT claimed 640,000 members at the end of 2022. This is 48,0000 less than in 2013, 10 years ago.
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