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Air France unions announce four new strike days in June

Air France unions have announced four new strikes days at the end of June in the latest move in a long-running pay dispute with the French flag carrier.

Air France unions announce four new strike days in June
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The turbulence at Air France looks set to continue into the summer.
 
After 15 days of industrial action since February, unions representing the airline's workers have announced four more for the month of June. 
 
The new strike days are set to take place on Saturday June 23rd, Sunday June 24th, Monday June 25th and Tuesday June 26th in the next stage of the unions attempt to secure a 5.1 percent wage increase for employees at the airline.  
 
And the number of strike days could increase, according to the unions, which announced the new strike days on Friday. 
 
Unions have criticised the new leadership at Air France for not responding to the fact that the pay deal was rejected by employees at the airline on May 4th. 
 
Air France has just brought in an interim president Anne-Marie Couderc, who will fill the role until September when the role will be filled permanently after the airline's previous boss Jean-Marc Janaillac announced his resignation after the deal was turned down.
 
In a consultation with Air France employees, 55 percent of staff rejected the wage deal proposed by the company's management. 
 
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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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