LATEST: Paris airport staff call off holiday strike after pay deal vote

Paris airport workers have now voted in favour of a deal and called off a planned three-day strike.

Paris Charles de Gaulle airport employees congregate outside a terminal as they stage a strike to demand higher wages at Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport
(Photo: Geoffroy Van der Hasselt / AFP)

The prospect of flight cancellations affecting thousands of passengers over the summer had started to recede on Thursday with the signing of an agreement between the ADP Group, manager of the airports of Roissy, Orly and Le Bourget, and the company’s firefighters.

The firefighters’ strike, which began on June 30th, had forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights departing or arriving from Roissy, France’s largest airport, last week, for safety reasons because of the lack of available fire crews.

Airport workers have now agreed a “general salary increase of 3 percent”, as well as a pay upgrade for some 1,800 employees whose salaries are below the 2019 reference level, according to details provided by the CGT, and called off a three-day walkout that was due to start on Friday, the first day of the school holidays, and run until Sunday.

However, a combination of last week’s strike days and computer problems means there are still an estimated 20,000 pieces of luggage blocked at Charles de Gaulle airport and it will take “between five and seven days” to reunite all passengers with their bags, according to France’s new transport minister Clément Beaune.

Beaune met ADP boss Augustin de Romanet on Wednesday and afterwards tweeted that “the government is mobilised to avoid disruptions, encourage social dialogue and strengthen health precautions, in the interest of all”.

While this particular strike threat may be receding, Ryanair pilots based at Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Beauvais are due to walkout in a dispute over pay on July 23rd and 24th.

You can find all the latest planned strikes on airlines, railways and roads in our summer 2022 strike calendar HERE

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French unions announce new strike dates in battle against pension reform

After a second day in which more than a million people took to the streets of France to protest over planned pension reform, unions have announced further strike days.

French unions announce new strike dates in battle against pension reform

France’s eight main trades unions federations made a joint announcement on Tuesday night of fresh strike days – Tuesday, February 7th and Saturday, February 11th. 

Tuesday marks the day that the highly controversial pension reform – which includes raising the pension age from 62 to 64 – is presented to the French parliament for the first time.

Both days are likely to see significant disruption, particularly on public transport.

The mass strike on Tuesday saw trains and city public transport services heavily disrupted, while many schools closed as teachers walked out.

Demos held in towns and cities across France saw a huge turnout – more than 1.1 million people, an increase on the turnout on the first day of pension strikes.

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You can find all the latest news on strikes and service disruptions in our strike section HERE.