France -Occupation of the Paris opera -March 20, 2014

Trade unions members occupied the Opera Garnier in a protest over proposed changes to labour rules for theatre workers. Members of the coordinating body of the workers stated on their website that they occupied the building to demand the government and employers pay more heed to union proposals as they negotiate new labour rules for workers in the performing sector. Employers’ organisation Medef had proposed abolishing special unemployment benefits that the workers currently enjoy as seasonal employees.



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