Fabien Roussel writes to the new Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne

Published on 19/05/2022 by PCF

Mrs. Elisabeth BORNE – Prime Minister
57 rue de Varenne
75007 Paris.

Paris, May 18, 2022

Madam Prime Minister,

First of all, I would like to congratulate him on his appointment as Prime Minister.

Taking responsibility is part of a roadmap defined by the Head of State, in a context of extremely serious crisis, both internationally and in our country.

I would like to warn you of an essential issue, which calls for decisions on your part that cannot wait a few more weeks, that is, the purchasing power of the French.

This is largely undermined by the explosion of prices, those of energy and fuels, those of most basic needs. Our fellow citizens suffer greatly, especially the most vulnerable, such as retirees or single-parent families.

Inflation is at levels not seen in decades, which could persist for many months, if not years.

So far, however, the previous government’s responses have been insufficient, both in terms of the amount of state aid granted and the number of families affected.

Energy prices are limited to an excessive level, fuel prices continue to rise.
Checks for a limited number of households are anecdotal about the expenses that families have to bear to cover the most basic needs.

The increase in recourse to pawnbrokers reflects in this sense a situation of unbearable distress to the sixth world economic power.

I would add that SMEs, already weakened by the health crisis, are also suffering from this price explosion, as well as local entities whose budgets are under pressure, with consequences for the level of services provided to populations.

The announcements regarding the abolition of the audiovisual license fee, in addition to the threats that this measure poses to the public audiovisual service, the too low revaluation of the SMIC, which maintains wage austerity, and the absence of a real recovery of the index point of officials do not live up to the expectations of our fellow citizens.

This attack on purchasing power is a brake on a return to healthy growth, likely to create and secure jobs, end low wages and strengthen our fiscal resources, to fund high-level public services.

At the same time, the main industrial and financial groups mostly present historical financial results, both for their profits and for the dividends distributed.

This contradiction is one that government policy should address with two immediate goals.

First massively increase all wages, including the minimum wage, retirement pensions and social minimums.

Then act on all prices by significantly lowering the VAT on energy, fuels and food products. This action presupposes, on the one hand, the revision of the country’s fiscal policy and, on the other hand, at the international level, finally dealing with all speculative mechanisms, such as those on the price of agricultural production. It is a matter of fiscal justice to which our fellow citizens are especially attached in these difficult times.

These measures cannot wait, therefore, until June 19 and the installation of the next National Assembly. Millions of French people have been suffering for many months and now is the time to make radical decisions.

I would also like to express my strong opposition to the pension reform project that the President of the Republic is asking you to negotiate with the social agents, if you have a majority in the National Assembly.
The unions have already announced their refusal to raise the retirement age to 65. I welcome the unanimity that is emerging to oppose this anti-social reform.

It would be unfair to the millions of workers who aspire to be entitled to a healthy retirement. This reform would also be illegitimate because it is possible to finance the retirement of everyone at 60, not 65, with decent pensions, making financial capital contribute to a fair level and creating employment en masse, both in public services and in the industry where the needs are immense.

I am obviously mobilized for a majority of leftists and environmentalists in the Assembly to allow, after June 19, the examination of a real pension reform, with the return to retirement age at 60 and pensions at least equivalent to the minimum amount. salary.

Thanking you for your attention and waiting for your reply, I accept, Madam Prime Minister, the assurance of my highest consideration.

Fabien Roussel
National Secretary of the PCF
Deputy for the North

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