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Strike calendar in France: The days in June you might want to avoid travel

French rail strikes are due to continue until the end of the month and possibly on into the summer if some unions get their way. Meanwhile Air France staff are also set for a four day walk-out in a dispute over pay. Here are the dates you need to know about.

Strike calendar in France: The days in June you might want to avoid travel
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Even if President Emmanuel Macron looks likely to win his battle against the French rail unions, rail strikes are due to continue until the end of the month and possibly on into the summer if some unions get their way. 

Rail workers have staged weeks of rolling strikes against the plans, vowing to walk off the job two days out of every five until June 28. (Scroll down for calendar below)

Despite Tuesday June 12th's “day of rail anger” that caused a spike in delays and cancellations for France's 4.5 million daily rail passengers, the number of striking workers has steadily tapered off in recent weeks. One union, the CFDT even asked on Tuesday for the strike to be called off so school pupils can get to their exams.
   
The SNCF said 17.6 percent of workers took part on Tuesday — down from around 34 percent in April — although 53 percent of train drivers walked off the job.
 
But even though the overall number of strikers is dwindling, the fact that the number of drivers joining the industrial action remains above the 40 percent mark means there is still plenty of disruption on the rails.
 
While the majority of TGV services run as normal on most strike days, regional TER and Intercité services plus Transilien commuter trains around Paris are harder hit with just over half of services running.
 
If you need to travel on a strike day then you'll likely only know at 5pm the day before if your train is running. The SNCF website and the call centre on 3635 will be able to help you find out if your train is operating.
 
 
But it's not just rail workers who are striking in June.
 
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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.
 
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.  
 
Overall previous strikes have seen around a quarter of Air France flights cancelled. The airline will normally contact you if you are affected.
 
Another protest currently ongoing in France is the blockades of fuel depots and oil refineries by farmers that began on Monday June 11th and was due to last for at least 3 days. Although unions have also suggested they may continue the action beyond Wednesday June 13th.
 
However the government is confident that the militant action will not lead to a fuel shortage as similar blockades have in recent years.
 
The calendar below shows the remaining rail worker strike days in blue, Air France strike days in red and the days when the blockades of fuel depots are due to take place in black.
 
However things may change suddenly so we will try to keep you updated.
 
 
 
 

 

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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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