government open to broadening of arduousness criteria

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8:09 : A small opening? Guest of “4 Truths” on France 2 this morning, the government spokeswoman, Sibeth Ndiaye, announces that the principle of arduousness will be extended. “The idea is that this arduousness more people can benefit from it”she said, giving the example of people who work night shifts in the public service. “Which was not the case until now.”

7:38 : Since “this government hears nothing” about the pension reform, “we have to put more pressure”. It is with these words that the Federation CGT of the chemistry called for the blocking of all the petroleum installations of the country, from Tuesday to next Friday. How? ‘Or’ What ? Franceinfo answers questions that arise around this upcoming action.

7:33 : Over the strike and the concessions of the executive to certain categories, the pension reform departs from that envisaged by Emmanuel Macron during the 2017 campaign. Franceinfo explains how it got there, and how it comes to multiplying the concessions to such or such professions.

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7:30 : The strike against the pension reform continues. At SNCF, the current movement has broken the record of the social conflict of winter 1986-1987. It had lasted 28 days and there had been no Christmas truce. The agents had mobilized to protest against a new salary scale. Franceinfo found some of the striking railway workers of 33 years ago.

Gare de Lyon during the SNCF strike, December 31, 1986.

Gare de Lyon during the SNCF strike, December 31, 1986. (BERNARD BISSON / SYGMA / GETTY IMAGES)

7:36 : After this info alert, here is a first point on the news at the start of the morning:

Tehran’s envoy to Iraqi affairs, powerful General Qassem Soleimani, and another pro-Iranian leader in Iraq were killed early this morning in an American raid on Baghdad, three days after an unprecedented attack on the American embassy. The bombing was launched on the orders of US President Donald Trump, which greatly rekindles tensions between the two countries.

The strike against the pension reform is entering its 30th day, a record for a continuous blockage of transport for more than 30 years, but the dialogue of the deaf between executive and unions remains well established. Today, the SNCF plans two out of three TGVs in circulation and half of the TER.

Carlos Ghosn claimed to have organized “alone” his flight from Japan to Lebanon, where he is released despite a request for arrest from Interpol. Coming out of his silence for the second time since his arrival in Beirut, he assured that his family had not played “no role” in his flight.

The army has started the sea evacuation of hundreds of residents trapped in the flames. They had taken refuge on the beach in a town in south-eastern Australia, where catastrophic conditions are expected in the coming days.

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