Keyword: unions

Minister says anti-Macron protestors 'complicit' in demo violence

French interior minister Gérard Collomb has ignited a fierce row after accusing union organisers of recent nationwide street marches against government policy, during which there have been violent attacks by extremist anti-capitalist groups on shops, banks and vehicles, of being 'accomplices' to the events by not preventing them.

No concerted protests on May 1st in France despite social unrest

Despite unrest from students, rail and airline workers, union are staging separate rallies in France to mark International Workers Day.

Turnout falls in street demonstrations against Macron reforms

Turnout in nationwide street protests in France on Thursday against the government's programme of economic reforms, notably in the public sector and of the state-run railway system in particular, was significantly lower than a similar day of demonstrations in March, with police estimating around 110,000 people took part, while unions claimed the figure was 300,000.   

France braced for crippling three-month rail strike

Thousands of French rail workers will go on strike for two out of every five days until the end of June, crippling train traffic for 36 days.

French rail unions vow to strike as Macron axes workers’ privileges

Hours after French government unveiled details of its far-reaching rail reforms, rail union leaders said they were stepping up strike plans.

Turnout down as French unions stage fresh labour reform protests

Officials estimated the crowds at 132,000 across France, just over half the number who took part last week in similar union street protests.

French lorry drivers protest against labour reforms

Truck drivers fear changes will affect small firms that make up 75-80% of profession by creating 'unfair competition' and reducing job security.

After Parliamentary election win, France's Macron faces union test

The way president handles planned labour reforms will set tone for coming years, including a revamp of jobless benefits and retirement systems.

Macron meets with unions to present his labour law reforms

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday met with trades union leaders to discuss the sweeping labour law reforms he plans to introduce this summer, which were a key element of his election manifesto and which include making hiring and firing easier, moving wage bargaining to company level and capping financial awards to employees by labour tribunals.

Unions dig in heels to disrupt fuel supply in France

Finance minister Michel Sapin says CGT union is holding France hostage and that government will take the necessary action to end blockade.

French workers to work an extra year to qualify for full pension

From 2019, most employees in private sector will have to work until 63 to get full pension, but will get a bonus if they delay retirement until 64.

Air France executive: shirt-shredding attack was 'price to pay for democracy'

Xavier Broseta says he bears no grudges over Paris attack by airline workers but insists redundancy plans must go ahead.

US flight catering staff turn up heat on Air France over working conditions

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Morena Henriquez packs airline meals for more than 10 hours a day in a refrigerated area. Chef Rafael León has to provide his own knives and sometimes squats on the floor to prepare the in-flight meals because he has no work surface. Both earn minimal wages. These are not workers in a developing country but staff at a Los Angeles-based associate of airline giant Air France-KLM. They flew to Paris recently to confront the airline's shareholders over their miserable working conditions. And now its management has finally agreed to intervene on their behalf with its American partner. Dan Israel reports on the fight against working conditions that one French trade union official has described as “modern-day slavery”.

French government wants more Sunday shopping

Under new proposals councils would be allowed to grant trading licences on 12 Sundays a year, compared to the current five.

French unions furious at business proposals to cut holidays and working rights

Employers' federation calls for cutting two public holidays out of 11 and allowing the very poor to be paid less than the minimum wage.