France - Series of protest and strikes over labour reform - May 31, 2016

Workers at 19 nuclear plants have voted to strike on 26 May as part of protests over labour reforms as a standoff between the government and unions escalated. Workers led by the trade union CGT have blocked oil refineries around the country in protest at the planned reforms aimed at making it easier for firms to dismiss workers. This collective action has led to fuel shortages in large parts of the country and long queues of cars at near-empty petrol stations. Metro, bus and RER rail workers in Paris have been urged to join a strike by the union CGT from 2 June in protest against the new labour laws as well as their own working conditions. No end date for the walk-out has been set. If the strike rumbles on it will have an impact on the Euro 2016 tournament, with the opening game being staged in Paris on 10 June. Workers are particularly fighting for a re-opening of wage negotiations, but are also protesting the new labour laws that have prompted long-running demonstrations across the country

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