French President Emmanuel Macron’s plan for pension reform is meeting bitter opposition for several reasons.
Firstly, the proposed reform would overhaul the current system, which is based on 42 separate regimes, into a single, points-based system. This means that workers would no longer be part of specific industry or occupation-based pension plans and would instead accumulate points based on their contributions and years of service. Many workers fear that this change would lead to a reduction in their pensions and a loss of benefits they have earned under the current system.
Secondly, the reform would increase the legal retirement age from 62 to 64, which has been met with strong opposition from labor unions and their members. The unions argue that this will disproportionately affect low-income workers, who are less able to continue working into their 60s due to physical or mental health issues.
Thirdly, the reform also includes cutting back on certain benefits and perks for certain professions, such as the railway workers, and other public sector employees, which has led to widespread strikes and protests.
Fourthly, the government has also been criticized for the way the reform has been proposed, which many see as rushed and without proper consultation with the unions and the workers.
In conclusion, Macron’s plan for pension reform is facing bitter opposition due to its proposed changes to the current system, which many workers fear would lead to a reduction in their pensions and benefits. The proposed increase in the legal retirement age, the cutbacks on certain benefits, and the way the reform has been proposed, have further fueled the opposition.