While a general and renewable strike is in the final stages of organization before its start on Tuesday, March 7, the process of adopting the pension reform is taking its course. At present, the text is debated in the hemicycle by the senators and this since Thursday, March 2. The debates are no less heated between the senators than on the benches of the National Assembly a few days earlier, as reported by our colleagues from Le Monde.
Amid the tunnels of amendments from left-wing senators, as well as their regular questioning of Olivier Dussopt, Minister of Labour, Elisabeth Borne and even the president himself on the subject of inconsistencies and lack of of transparency that they would have faced throughout the adoption process, several articles of the text were nevertheless adopted.
On Saturday, March 4, the senators indeed adopted, by 233 votes against 99, article 1 of the reform. The article in question concerns the abolition of several special regimes, such as those of the RATP or the Banque de France. This abolition would come into effect on September 1, 2023.
In addition, on the night of Sunday March 5 to Monday March 6, another article of the famous text was adopted, which had been heard a lot about during the debates in the National Assembly, namely article 2, relating to the senior index. The senators of the right and the center passed an amendment according to which the index would concern only companies with 300 employees or more. The bar recommended by the National Assembly was 50. This article was adopted with a total of 244 votes against 96.