France -Water workers make gains after strike -November 11, 2011

By the end of October, a seven-days’ strike action of members of the CGT, UNSA and FO trade unions to support their claim for a €250 monthly bonus for all sewage workers in the Paris region (working for the SIAAP regional body) resulted in gains. During the strike, the SIAAP management resorted to intimidation and sent letters directly to all strikers giving them an ultimatum to end the strike and withdraw pickets, or face legal action and arrest. The unions decided to return to work having accepted a monthly bonus of €75 for those mainly involved in maintaining sewage works and systems (€50 or €25 for other technicians). The unions remain united and will discuss further action to secure their €250 target.




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