France - EDF and GDF SUEZ workers on strike because of rate reductions - April 11, 2011

Turnout by EDF and GDF SUEZ workers for a day-long strike on 7 April called by five unions (CFDT, CGT, FO, CFE-CGC, and CFTC) was enough to cut power output by over 15,000 megawatts across the country, according to one of the unions. Over 80% of workers of the two former French government companies were on strike over a plan by the companies to reduce the preferential rates that workers get on electric and gas bills. The unions endorsed the industrial action as a way to express workers’ displeasure with the proposed take-aways. The partial rate discounts amount now to between € 1,000 and € 1,500 annually; workers consider the discounts an addition to their stagnant wages.

English: http://www.icem.org/en/78-ICEM-InBrief/4366-French-Power-Cut ...

 

This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.


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