Unions at Air France have followed up on their threat to take action over new laws by confirming plans to strike from Monday.

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Air France strike likely from Monday

Unions at Air France have followed up on their threat to take action over new laws by confirming plans to strike from Monday.

Air France strike likely from Monday

The four-day strike, until Thursday February 9th, will involve most of the airline’s unions, reported the Europe 1 website.

Air France announced that passengers would be able to change their flights without any charges if they are affected.

Unions want to block the passage of a law which aims to place tighter controls on the right to strike.

In particular the law, known as the Loi Diard, demands that strikers working in the airline industry should each give 48 hours notice to their employers before walking out. This would allow employers to make provisions to cover striking workers and keep traffic moving.

The legislation passed its first hurdle in France’s lower house, the National Assembly, on January 25th. It is now due to be voted in the Senate on February 15th. 

The proposed law has caused anger among unions, with one calling it a “vote of hate” against airline workers.

Air France management promised to “mobilise its teams to limit the impact of this action.”

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STRIKES

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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