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French airport workers call for strikes in July in contract dispute

Unions are calling for a five-day strike in July in an ongoing dispute between French airport workers and bosses over contract renegotiations.

French airport workers call for strikes in July in contract dispute
Photo: Stephane du Sakatin/AFP

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.

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”.

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  1. why this country does not force unions to pay also damages to people. this is very similar to the terrorist-hostage situation

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Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

The UK is set to scrap all Covid-19 travel restrictions in what the government described as a "landmark moment".

Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

Testing is no longer required for vaccinated travellers, but the UK government has announced that it will scrap all Covid-19 travel rules on Friday, March 18th.

“As one of the first major economies to remove all its remaining Covid-19 travel restrictions, this is a landmark moment for passengers and the travel and aviation sector,” said the Government in a press release. 

From 4am on March 18th:

  • Passengers going to the UK will no longer be required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form before travel;
  • Passengers who are not vaccinated will not be required to take a pre-departure Covid test, or a Day 2 test following arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers are already exempt from having to do this;
  • Hotel quarantine for travellers coming from ‘red list’ countries, of which there are currently none, will also be scrapped by the end of the month. 

“We will continue monitoring and tracking potential new variants, and keep a reserve of measures which can be rapidly deployed if needed to keep us safe,” said UK Health Minister Sajid Javid. 

The UK has lifted all Covid-related rules including mask rules and mandatory self-isolation if you test positive for Covid.

Some European countries still have Covid restrictions in place for unvaccinated people coming from the UK. 

Until March 18th

Until the new rules come into effect, all travellers are required to fill out a passenger locator form. 

Unvaccinated travellers are also required to take pre-departure test and a test on or before Day 2 following their arrival. 

The UK border officers will recognise proof of vaccination provided with an EU Covid Certificate.

For the UK “fully vaccinated” means 14 days after your final dose of a EMA/FDA or Swiss approved vaccine (Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson). 

After a period of confusion, the UK government says that it will accept mixed doses administered in the EU (eg one dose of AstraZeneca and one of Pfizer).

However people who have only had a single dose after previously recovering from Covid – which is standard practice in some European countries – are not accepted as vaccinated by the UK.

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