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France: 'We are hated by the state' - Hundreds of workers go on strike in Paris amid soaring inflation02:32

France: 'We are hated by the state' - Hundreds of workers go on strike in Paris amid soaring inflation

France, Paris
September 29, 2022 at 23:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

Trade unions including the Unitary Trade Union Federation (FSU) and the General Confederation of Labour (CGT) marched through the streets of Paris on Thursday in a protest against high living costs stemming from the ongoing energy crisis.

Demonstrators including school teachers, energy sector workers and others demanded wage rises and pushed for the government to address soaring inflation in France.

"Our anger today is that in France, teachers of the first and second degree we are underpaid compared to the European average. We are paid way less than colleagues in Germany, Spain. In European countries,” said a striking teacher. “We are hated by the state".

“The companies which have put a lot of money in their pockets, and there are many of then, instead of giving money to shareholders, have to give it to those who work and produce wealth," said a second protester.

Several demonstrators protesting for other causes took part in the march including those opposing the reform of unemployment insurance and the reform of pension insurance which is currently being prepared by the French government.

The strike in Paris was part of a larger nationwide movement. Protests were also held in other cities, including Marseilles and Montpellier.

France: 'We are hated by the state' - Hundreds of workers go on strike in Paris amid soaring inflation02:32
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Trade unions including the Unitary Trade Union Federation (FSU) and the General Confederation of Labour (CGT) marched through the streets of Paris on Thursday in a protest against high living costs stemming from the ongoing energy crisis.

Demonstrators including school teachers, energy sector workers and others demanded wage rises and pushed for the government to address soaring inflation in France.

"Our anger today is that in France, teachers of the first and second degree we are underpaid compared to the European average. We are paid way less than colleagues in Germany, Spain. In European countries,” said a striking teacher. “We are hated by the state".

“The companies which have put a lot of money in their pockets, and there are many of then, instead of giving money to shareholders, have to give it to those who work and produce wealth," said a second protester.

Several demonstrators protesting for other causes took part in the march including those opposing the reform of unemployment insurance and the reform of pension insurance which is currently being prepared by the French government.

The strike in Paris was part of a larger nationwide movement. Protests were also held in other cities, including Marseilles and Montpellier.