Édouard Philippe estimated on Wednesday that the strike at RATP and SNCF against pension reform "had lasted too long», At the end of a government seminar at the Élysée.
If the seminar was not about pension reform, it was immediately mentioned by the Prime Minister during his speech. "The next six months will not be exclusively dedicated to reforming the pension system", He warned. Édouard Philippe reported on the latest progress in the reform, citing a letter of amendment sent to the Council of State “which takes up all the compromise points found with the reformist trade union organizations and the employers' organizations".
A sign of openness to dialogue, which is always coupled with great firmness in the face of the strikers, who have been protesting against the reform for almost a month and a half now: "It seems to me that this strike is hopeless in the face of the government's determination to carry out this reform, said Édouard Philippe. Far be it from me to question the right to strike – the right to strike, not the right to block, not the right to prevent others from going to work", He said.
"I will not be satisfied until all of the SNCF users at the national level and all the users of public transport, at the Ile-de-France level, have returned to the course of a lifetime parAdded the Prime Minister, who will receive the leaders of the SNCF and RATP in the afternoon.
Édouard Philippe also refused to comment on his relationship with the President of the Republic, who was questioned during the consultations on pension reform: there is not the shadow of a "cigarette paper sheetBetween the two heads of the executive, repeated the Prime Minister.
In a scan of the major files currently opened by the government, Édouard Philippe also mentioned that of the public hospital. "2020 must be a year of concretization and rapid change", he said, recalling several meetings: the national conference on disability on February 11, as well as the reform of the senior civil service, "one of the major projects of the coming months".