Union executives and scholars in France talk to Léa Bouchoucha about the unprecedented wave of social protests.
By Léa Bouchoucha
Special to Consortium News
Several weeks ago Emmanuelle Cheron, 43, was out on the Place de La République in Paris, along with other members of a new collective of professional child minders. They wore pink vests, held balloons and had set up a large pink-and-white banner that said “Maternal assistants are angry. No to the unemployment reform.”
Later that Saturday, on May 30, the Yellow Vest protesters were going to be on the streets as usual. But Cheron and her allies wanted to stage their own, single-issue demonstration. Today, when a privately employed childcare worker loses a contract with a French family, government insurance will provide between 60 percent and 75 percent of the lost income. But the government is contemplating a reduction in that allowance that Labor Minister Muriel Pénicaud may decree this summer.
The trade union Force Ouvrière, or FO, has launched an online petition protesting the change that will be delivered to Pénicaud. So…