France - Strikes and protests continue - May 31, 2018

 The protests against the reform plans continue with students and railway workers in action. The ‘two out of five days’ strike at the railway is still going on with no agreement in sight.  The railway workers keep striking despite government’s pledge to take over €35 billion of SNCF’s debt. Moreover, on 22 May more than 15,000 public sector workers, including teachers, police officers, transport staff and air traffic controllers, took to it to the streets in Paris to protest against the planned economic reforms. Air France pilots, cabin crew and ground staff have been holding strike actions since February 2018 (see earlier 2018 newsletters). Unions are asking for a 6.6% pay rise that the company deems ‘impossible’. At first Air France came up with a proposal for a 1% increase to be paid in two stages, and then offered a 2% increase. Air France workers are still holding on to their demands while Air France CEO Jean Marc Janaillac decided to resign after airline staff refused a new pay deal designed to end weeks of strikes.

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