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Air France pilots set for new strikes next week

With the European football championships in France in full swing, Air France pilot are set to go on strike from June 24 to 27, three major unions told AFP on Friday.

Air France pilots set for new strikes next week
An Air France Airbus A319 taking off. Photo: Air France
The unions said they were downing tools after management made “very vague promises” in negotiations during the last strike between June 11 and 14.
   
Pilots say that new pay rules decided by management in June would lower their salaries by five percent. The previous strike grounded around 20 percent of flights — mainly to mid-range destinations.
   
Management said only a quarter of pilots went on strike earlier this month but unions said the figure was more like seven in 10.
   
The latest strike is the latest industrial action to hit France, which has been gripped by social unrest over a series of disputed labour reforms the Socialist government of President Francois Hollande is trying to force through.
   
However, despite strikes by pilots and railway workers, there has been relatively little disruption to fans travelling around France for Europe's showcase football tournament.

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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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