France - Thousands of postal workers and teachers on strike - November 24, 2009

On 24 November, thousands of French postal workers and teachers went on strike in separate protests over the future of two of France's biggest public sector institutions. The protests are the latest in a series of strikes by public sector workers angered by reforms President Nicolas Sarkozy says are necessary to improve efficiency and reduce costs. According to the SNES-FSU union, 40% of secondary school teachers took part in the strike over job reductions and school reforms. Teachers' unions are angry at measures which include new training standards, changing the selection process to make it easier for parents to choose a school and steadily reducing the number of teachers. Education Minister Luc Chatel said the government would not back down on plans that aim to trim the overall public service payroll by replacing only half the public servants who retire.




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