These are the French ski resorts affected by unlimited strike action in February

Unions have released a list of French ski resorts that will be affected by strike action in February.

These are the French ski resorts affected by unlimited strike action in February
Ski lift operators will be striking in around 50 French resorts. Photo: AFP

Two unions are calling for strike action from Saturday, February 15th in a protest over changes to the French unemployment system which they say unfairly impact upon seasonal workers.

The strike was initially planned as a one-day strike on Saturday, but French media are reporting that one of the unions concerned – FO – has decided to extend it to an indefinite action following the breakdown of talks with the government.

FO spokesman Eric Becker told LCI: “The start of the strike is set for Saturday morning from 8.30 am. It's a renewable strike, the notices that have been given are for an unlimited period of time.”

Ski resorts are heavily dependent on seasonal staff and the FO and CGT unions say these type of workers will lose hundreds of euros a month during the 'off season' under the new system.

Around 50 ski resorts in the Alps, Pyrenees and Jura mountains will be affected by the walk-outs.

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Photo: AFP

The action will largely be concentrated on ski lifts, which unions say are expected to be disrupted for between two and three hours per day.

There will also be rallies and leaflets handed out.

It is expected that between a third and a quarter of ski lift staff will walk off the job, while others will be wearing 'on strike' armbands but will still be working.

A spokesman for the CGT said: “We are trying to raise awareness among tourists and not to disrupt their holidays”.

These are the resorts affected;

Savoie : Les Arcs, Tignes, La Plagne, Courchevel, Méribel Alpina, Val d'Isère,  La Rosière, Val Fréjus, Val Cenis, Les Sybelles, Les Menuires, Val Thorens, Valmorel, Tignes, Valloire, Les Karellis, St Colomban des Villards, Valmeinier, Savoie Grand Revard, Val d'Isère

Isère : Les Deux Alpes, Alpe d’Huez, Chamrousse

Haute-Savoie: Chamonix, La Clusaz, Avoriaz, Les Gets, Flaine, Les Carroz, Megève, Grand Bornand, Val d'Arly
Hautes Alpes: La Meije, Serre Chevalier, Les Stations du Queyras, Risoul, Les Orres, Pra-Loup (04), Puy St Vincent, Orcières
Pyrénées: Grand Tourmalet, Ax Trois Domaines, Font Romeu, Piau Engaly, Cambre d'Aze, Porté Puymorens, Les Angles, Formiguères, Font Romeu Pyrénées 2000, Grand Tourmalet, Cauterets, Luz Ardiden, Val Louron and Altiservice St Lary
Vosges: Gerardmer
Jura: Monts Jura 
Massif Central: Le Lorian 
Alpes du Sud: Montgenèvre, Serre Chevalier, Risoul, Vars, Val d’Allos

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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.