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Employees at RATP, the company that runs the metro and bus lines as well as suburban RER trains, ... [more]

Employees at RATP, the company that runs the metro and bus lines as well as suburban RER trains, launched the biggest French strike for more than a decade: between 60 and 98 % of the workforce took action, according to trade unions. ATP workers were striking against the pensions system reform, which has proved as divisive as it is wide ranging. The measure, one of the French president’s campaign pledges, will introduce a single “universal pension system” in place of the current 42 systems based on multiple professions. Workers’ pensions will be calculated according to the number of “points” accumulated through their career, instead of the current system, which is based on worked trimesters.

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An agreement which is valid throughout Europe was signed between the central management of Suez a... [more]

An agreement which is valid throughout Europe was signed between the central management of Suez and two European Trade Union Federations at the headquarters of Suez in Paris. The French company has 89,000 employees worldwide in the field of water management and recycling of waste. In the future all job positions are to be accessible to both men and women, sexual harassment is to be combatted and with a view to reconciling family and working life, paternity leave, flexible working hours as well as working from home are to be promoted.

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Undocumented migrant workers, hired to work for the courier delivery firm Chronopost, have been o... [more]

Undocumented migrant workers, hired to work for the courier delivery firm Chronopost, have been on strike outside the company’s facility in Alfortville, in the Paris suburbs. They say their working conditions are unacceptable and that the company is taking advantage of their status to, in the words of one worker, ‘treat us like slaves’. The workers describe intolerable working conditions for migrant staff at the company, a subsidiary of the French post office, including working longer hours, unpaid overtime and the risk of being fired if they are sick and unable to work. The strike started on 11 June and the workers still hold a picket line. Chronopost denies all responsibility and claims the problem lies at the door of the recruitment agency.

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The 35-hour week is the official length of the working week in France and it gives France one of ... [more]

The 35-hour week is the official length of the working week in France and it gives France one of the shortest working weeks in Europe. But despite the shorter working week, France regularly comes out well in international productivity comparisons - proving that when the French are at work, they're working hard. There is also the fact that exceptions to the 35-hour week for certain kinds of workers mean that many people in France work longer hours than you might think.

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Amazon employees went on strike demanding better wages and working conditions as the retail giant... [more]

Amazon employees went on strike demanding better wages and working conditions as the retail giant launched its two-day ‘Amazon Prime’ sale. Around 20 workers tried to block trucks coming to and from the online retailer’s distribution centre in the northern city of Lauwin-Planque, disrupting deliveries while demanding better wages and working conditions, as well as union recognition. As the Seattle-based online retail giant launched its annual two-day global shopping offer known as Prime Day, also employees in Germany and the US went on strike.

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Reception and security staff at the Louvre in Paris went on a one-day strike that forced the muse... [more]

Reception and security staff at the Louvre in Paris went on a one-day strike that forced the museum to close its doors. The staff were on strike to protest working conditions at the museum that due to its ever growing popularity have deteriorated. Last year alone the Louvre attracted a record of more than 10 million visitors. Union officials state that while the public has increased by more than 20% since 2009 the palace has not grown, making working conditions very harsh. Amongst the problems that arise from an overcrowded museum are aggressive and impatient public, jostling crowds and inadequate emergency evacuation measures.

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Housekeepers at NH Hotel that work for the subcontracting company Elior are on strike for more th... [more]

Housekeepers at NH Hotel that work for the subcontracting company Elior are on strike for more than a month now. The housekeepers and their union CNT demand the payment of all unpaid hours of work, the payment of meal and transport allowances, the reimbursement of salary deductions deemed unfair, the payment of an exceptional premium in compensation for the injury, an increase of qualifications in the conventional wage schedule, the 50% Sunday increase, a 13th month and a new work organization that is more respectful of employees' privacy.

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The nine largest trade unions of the country, including the General Confederation of Labour (CGT)... [more]

The nine largest trade unions of the country, including the General Confederation of Labour (CGT), the French Democratic Confederation of Labour (CFDT) and the Workers' Force (FO), have jointly organised a nationwide strike action on 9 May 2019. With the strike action the unions protested against 120,000 job cuts in the public sector and other deep changes to the countries’ public sector that the government wants to put into effect. In addition to job cuts, medical workers are angry at changes to public hospital financing. Teachers are angry at hiring changes they say will add to workloads. Air traffic controllers were also involved in the strike action leading to the cancellation of about 30% of the scheduled flights.

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Taxi drivers in the department of Oise went on a one-day strike and demonstrated in front of the ... [more]

Taxi drivers in the department of Oise went on a one-day strike and demonstrated in front of the headquarters of the primary health insurance fund in Beauvais. The taxi drivers are in conflict with health insurance on the pricing to be applied for the transport of sick people. A conflict that has its roots in the memorandum of understanding signed between the six national taxi federations (FNAT, UNT, FNTI, FFTP, FNDT and UNIT) and the National Union of Health Insurance Funds entered into at the end of January 2019.

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French customs officers are in their third week of industrial action. The custom officers are not... [more]

French customs officers are in their third week of industrial action. The custom officers are not on strike but are carrying out longer and more thorough checks than normally which leads to severe delays and train cancellations. Besides a long standing conflict over working conditions they resorted to industrial action to warn that they are not ready for Brexit because there has not been sufficient preparation for a no-deal Brexit. It remains unclear how long the industrial action will continue to affect train traffic between the UK and France.

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