400,000 workers hit the streets in France

first_imgFrench workers flood streets to protest capitalist austerity measures.“Badly paid, scorned, our jobs in jeopardy, layoffs, cuts in sick pay, tax hikes, increased required deductions for teachers’ pensions, salary freezes” are some of the reasons the Federation of United Unions (FSU), one of the major unions representing teachers in France, gave for a one-day walkout Oct. 10.There are 5.4 million public service workers in France, in areas such as the railroads and subways, air traffic controllers, teachers and health care workers from doctors to porters. Even in privatized sectors like the post office and the telephone system, there are still pockets of public workers.These public workers all have similar grievances to the teachers and at least 400,000 of them walked out Oct. 10 to challenge the government of President Emmanuel Macron and its big-business allies. The latter explicitly have told public service workers that they have to do more with less. They plan to cut 120,000 jobs in the next 5 years.According to the General Confederation of Workers (CGT), marches and protests took place in 90 communities throughout France: 45,000 marched in Paris; between 6,400 and 12,000 in Lyons; more than 10,000 in Bordeaux; 9,000 in Rouen; and 3,000 in Saint-Denis on the French-owned island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean.For the first time in more than a decade, all the French union confederations participated. It’s true that Workers Force (FO) was allied with the CGT in 2016 to militate against the “Socialist” government’s attack on French labor. Lately, however, only the CGT and some smaller confederations, like Solidaires, have resisted the attacks from Macron’s Forward the Republic Party (LREM).The leadership of the French Democratic Confederation of Labor (CFDT), the labor confederation vying with the CGT to become the largest, most influential in France, has been under increasing pressure from its base to actively oppose the new labor law imposed by the LREM government. The CFDT has also seen its allies in the French “Socialist” Party, a party which has often run France’s bourgeois imperialism, crushed in the last election.All of the major progressive parties on the French left had contingents in the Paris march — the French Communist Party (PCF), the New Anticapitalist Party (NPA) and Unbowed France (FI) were the most prominent, but even the Socialist Party had a presence.Unbowed France has been particularly active. François Raffin, one of its deputies, a prominent leader of Nuits Debout and a well-known movie director, took the floor in Parliament on Oct. 11 to accuse Macron, his prime minister Edouard Philippe and some other top government ministers of personally attempting to cover up a scandal in Sanofi. Sanofi, a giant French pharmaceutical company, has been charged with selling a dangerous drug called Dékapine. (FranceSoir, Oct. 12)Macron has also been forced to defend himself over his characterization of workers in France as “slackers,” more interested in “going to brothels” than going to work.The CGT has called for another strike and demonstration Oct. 19, and there will be an all-union meeting to plan further actions in early November.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


Pan-fried seabass with asparagus and tomato

first_imgLinkedin Twitter Previous articleSolicitor remanded on continuing bailNext articleStay-at-home Donal offers advice to would-be emigrants admin WhatsApp I HAVE catalogued a number of seabass recipes in the recent past but I have to say that the simpler versions are the ones I prefer the most. Easy flavours, simple cooking and I’m not trying to sound lazy, but there are times that you should just leave well enough alone. This recipe makes for a quick tea time treat or can be jazzed up for a party showpiece. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up WHAT YOU NEED1 seabass fillet per person1 punnet of cherry tomatoesBunch of asparagus tips per personSalt and pepperA dash of white wineA knob of butterA dash of balsamic vinegarSome flour to coat the fish1 tsp sugarWHAT TO DOTrim and make sure the fillet is descalled. Dust with a light coating of flour and remove and shake off the excess. Halve the tomatoes and add the salt and pepper, white wine, butter, balsamic vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar and place in a medium pot and allow to reduce for 10 to 12 minutes. Meantime, take your floured and seasoned fillet of fish, keep in mind that any white fish will do for this recipe, and place in a hot pan with a little oil and butter and pan-fry on the skinside first to allow the skin crisp up nicely. Turn the fish and cook on the flesh side for one minute. Add the asparagus to the tomato mix and cover with a lid to allow the green stalks soften and cook. Serve the asparagus and the tomato as a bed to host the succulent seabass fillet. I have served this with a lemon or lime hollandaise drizzled over the top. Here’s the hollandaise recipe if you need it. for the hollandaise1 egg yolk3 tablespoons on lime juice125g melted butter1 tbsp of Dijon mustardMake the hollandaise by placing the lime juice, egg yolk and mustard in a small pan and begin to gradually whisk in the melted butter over a low heat. The mix will combine to a creamy yellow texture full of flavour. Emailcenter_img NewsPan-fried seabass with asparagus and tomatoBy admin – January 16, 2012 841 Print Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more