Reversing the curve is that the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) has just succeeded in 2019. For the first time since 2014, the union in France with the most members has seen its number of members increased.
“It’s a first since 2014” welcomed David Gistau, Confederal Secretary. For the time being, this increase has not yet been quantified. The CGT explains that it does not yet have final figures for the past year, because of the confinement and the closure of the headquarters in Montreuil for eight weeks, promising an assessment in late June. According to the non-final assessment, the CGT has 640,000 members, with 46% women and 54% men.
4,250 more CFDT members
With 625,525 members including 4,251 members compared to 2018 (which represents an increase of (+ 0.6%), the French Democratic Labor Confederation (CFDT) remains the second largest union in France in terms of membership. press release detailing its troops, the CFDT specifies that there are 50.66% women and 49.34% men.
|| PRESS RELEASE || # Unionization With 625,525 members, the @CFDT is progressing in 2019! This progression is a testament to the daily work of the CFDT teams and the confidence that our employees have in us. # ProudEdetreàlaCFDT https://t.co/ac5snjPMvd pic.twitter.com/KfrozYTK5Z
– CFDT (@CFDT) May 14, 2020
In 2018, for the first time, the organization saw the number of women exceed that of men. Force Ouvrière (FO), claims 500,000 members.
A year 2019 marked by pension reform
The year 2019 was marked by strong social mobilization, particularly in December during the inter-professional strikes against the pension reform. At the call of the inter-union, several hundred thousand people took to the streets to protest against this reform. The protest movement had lasted in January before gradually withering away from February 2020.
2020 is a special year for trade union organizations. They are barred from mass rallies until at least September in accordance with government decisions on rallies of more than 5,000 people.