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More strikes; this time in France

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France: Strikes and Protests against Macron's Labour Reforms Kick Off 2017-09-13

French unions held a day of strikes and street protests on Tuesday against President Emmanuel Macron's labour reforms, a key test as he stakes his presidency on overhauling the sluggish economy.

More than 180 street protests were held nationwide against the reforms, which are intended to tackle stubbornly high unemployment by loosening the rules that govern how businesses hire and fire people.

Some 4,000 strikes were called under the action led by France's biggest trade union, the CGT, with rail workers, students and civil servants urged to protest in cities from Paris to Marseille and Toulouse.

The turnout will serve as a yardstick for unions' ability to mobilize, as deep splits have emerged in the labour movement between those determined to fight the reforms and those prepared to compromise.

Air traffic controllers were urged to strike, and Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair said Monday that it had cancelled 110 flights scheduled for Tuesday. The airline called on Macron's government and the European Commission "to take immediate action to prevent the skies over Europe being closed yet again" during the stoppage.

Read more in an article from The Local.

Source: CIFFA


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