Pilots with French airline set to strike over July 14th holiday weekend

Flights operated by French budget airline Hop! will be disrupted during the long holiday weekend due to a pilot's strike.

Pilots with French airline set to strike over July 14th holiday weekend
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Pilots with French airline Hop! are set to go on strike over the weekend after discussions between the company and trade unions fell through on Tuesday. 
This year France's national day July 14th falls on a Friday, meaning many are set to head away for a long weekend, but some may be disrupted by the Hop! pilot's strike.
The strike, scheduled for July 13-18th, will see pilots of Hop! – which runs regional flights for national airline Air France – was announced after the pilots trade unions and company failed to reach an agreement on improving working conditions. 
But Hop! has assured travellers that “more than 80 percent of flights” will be running on Thursday, the first day of the strike. 
“The flights at risk of being disrupted are those that are carried out by regional planes,” the company said. 
“The flights carried out by Airbus and Navette planes will be operating as normal during this period.”
Navette planes operate the flights from Orly airport in Paris to Nice, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Marseille.
The threat to strike on such a busy weekend in France “was made with the goal of putting a time limit on the difficulty of certain working conditions like tiredness and lack of advanced notice over many Air France departures”, SNPL, one of the trade unions said.  

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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.