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French air traffic control strike set to hit scores of flights next week

A French air traffic control union has lodged a four-day strike warning with aviation authorities that could see up to a third of flights delayed or cancelled at airports around the France, including Paris.

French air traffic control strike set to hit scores of flights next week
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The strike, called by the UNSA union, will hit flights between Monday March 6th and Friday March 10th.

It was not clear when exactly on those days the strike would start and end.

France’s civil aviation authority has asked airlines to cancel flights in order to reduce the amount of air traffic during strike days.

Air traffic controllers working at airports in Brest, Bordeaux and Aix-en-Provence will stage the walk-out over a dispute surrounding working hours and conditions, but will flights across the country will be affected including those in and out of Paris.

Initial reports suggest between one quarter and one third of flights over France could be hit, particularly those in and out of the west and the south of the country.

As usual passengers are advised to contact their airlines to find out out of they will be affected.

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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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