France - Mass demonstrations and strikes all over the country - March 31, 2018

With tens of thousands public sector workers on strike and hundred thousand taking to the street in protests against the reform plans, president Macron has his first big test by the trade unions. The railway drivers went on strike in reaction to plans to reform the rail system and cut rail workers special employment rights. One of the fears expressed by the unions is that the rail system will be privatised (see our January newsletter). Railway unions are planning prolonged industrial action that could last until June. Besides the railway drivers also teachers, nurses, air traffic controllers and other public-sector staff went on strike accusing Macron of seeking to dismantle the state sector.

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