All the trade unions representing workers at the Aéroports de Paris (Charles de Gaulle-Roissy and Orly airports) are calling for a strike between July 1st and July 5th.
The July date has been picked because it is “the first big weekend of departures for the summer” explained Laurent Garssine, delegate for the Unsa union, in French newspaper Le Parisien.
As well as being the start of the traditional busy period over the summer holidays, July 1st also represents the planned start date for vaccine passports within the EU, which will make travel within the Bloc easier and simpler for those who have been vaccinated.
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According to the French government’s provisional calendar for reopening, by July is should also be possible to travel to France for holidays or visits from non-EU destinations such as the USA, after more than a year of Covid-related travel bans.
“We want to prepare a large-scale action that will be a success”, said Daniel Bertone, delegate for the CGT union.
Demonstrations are also planned at Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports.
The dispute is over a long-term plan by Aéroports de Paris to bring in new work contracts for employees at the airports, which unions say will lower pay, job losses and a reduction in rights and bonuses for employees.
The strike is being jointly called by the CGT, CFE-CGE, Unsa, CFDT and FO unions, who said in a joint press release that the proposals will “definitively remove more than a month’s salary from all employees and force them to accept geographical mobility that will generate additional commuting time”.