Strikes in France to hit scores of flights at Paris airport on Tuesday

Flights in France will once again be hit by the ongoing strikes against the government's pensions reforms on Tuesday.

Strikes in France to hit scores of flights at Paris airport on Tuesday

France's civil aviation authority the DGAC announced on Monday afternoon that it had asked airlines to reduce their flights to and from Paris Orly airport by 20 percent on Tuesday.

The DGAC said that because of strike notices lodged by air traffic control unions it had asked airlines to cancel flights to and from Orly on Tuesday December 17th.

“The DGAC will set up the minimum service provisions in the air traffic control centers and at airports where regulations allow,” the authority said in a statement on Tuesday.

It warned that there may be disruptions and delays to all flights to and from France due to the strike action and has asked customers to check with their airlines about the status of their flight.

Nevertheless the impact on flights on Tuesday is far less than during previous strike days earlier in December.

Air traffic controllers and airport ground staff joined the anti-pension reform strikes on both December 5th and December 10th.

On both those days around one fifth of flights to and from all of France's biggest airports had to be cancelled.

Air France was forced to cancel around 30 percent of internal and short-haul international flights with airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair also having to ground scores of flights to and from France.




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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.