A planned strike by cabin crew at Air France-KLM over the long holiday weekend is still in place, threatening the plans of thousands of people eager to make the most of a four-day holiday.

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Air France strike threat hangs over holiday weekend

A planned strike by cabin crew at Air France-KLM over the long holiday weekend is still in place, threatening the plans of thousands of people eager to make the most of a four-day holiday.

Air France strike threat hangs over holiday weekend

The strike has been called from Saturday October 29th to Wednesday November 2nd, falling over the All Saints holiday on Tuesday.

Union leaders claimed in a statement that after eight hours of talks, management had “still not given a satisfying response to our demands.”

Two of the biggest cabin crew unions, SNPNC-FO and Unsa, are protesting against plans to reduce the numbers of stewards and stewardesses across flights, claiming the cuts could risk “the safety of passengers.” 

The action will affect Air France flights operating out of the two Paris hubs, Orly and Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle, as well as Marseille. 

A strike over the All Saints holiday weekend in 2007 caused massive disruption to thousands of travellers.

The last planned strike to hit the airline was in July but this was called off days before action was due to start. 

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French customs officers strike over job cuts

Customs officers across France will walk out on Thursday in protest at job cuts that unions say will “weaken the customs network”.

French customs officers strike over job cuts

The national strike on Thursday, March 10th is expected to lead to delays at ports, airports and on the Eurostar.

The strike, which will include a rally outside the National Assembly building in Paris, was called by the CFDT-Douane and has the support of other unions. 

A work-to-rule protest over pay and conditions by customs officers in 2019, under the shadow of Brexit, led to delays and disruption at airports, as well as ports including Calais and Dunkirk, and on Eurostar trains.

Unions are calling on the government to axe plans to switch responsibility for import duty collection to the Direction Générale des Finances Publiques by 2024, at the cost of 700 customs’ officer jobs – and, according to strikers, tens of billions of euros to State coffers.

“We are asking for the reforms to be stopped, mainly that of the transfer of taxation, which is disorganising the network with the elimination of nearly a thousand jobs,” CFDT-Douane’s secretary general David-Olivier Caron said.

The planned job cuts come after years of restructuring and streamlining that has seen thousands of positions disappear, the unions say, when customs fraud and smuggling is rising because of a lack of resources.

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