But these strikers are ridiculous.
For those of you not living in France, some history.
The government is trying to change parts of the retirement system. The requirements needed to get full retirement benefits and the age at which that is possible are not the same for everyone. I know, I know, that's already asking for trouble. Anyway, the private sector has one set of rules and civil servants have another and even within the governmental worker sector there are régimes spéciaux. So, for example, a person who works for the SNCF, the national railway company, often qualifies for retirement at 50 years old.
Meaning that someone who doesn't will work at least 10 years more before qualifying for retirement.
Given the problems that go along with an absurd system like that, it's no surprise that it can't last. It's expensive and inherently unfair.
But don't tell the strikers that.
Because I ACTUALLY HEARD ONE OF THEM SAY ON THE RADIO, "It's normal for us to be able to retire 10 years earlier than a cadre (manager or business executive). On average, they live 9 years longer than ouvriers (blue collar workers). And so, it's a way to allow us to enjoy the same amount of retirement as them."
Seriously? Next thing you know, they'll be saying men should be able to retire 8 years before women since women live, on average, 8 years longer than men. Hey guys, don't even think about it.
The scariest part? The man saying it was clearly convinced of the 'logic' of his thinking.