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French unions announce new day of strikes against pension reform

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French unions announce new day of strikes against pension reform
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French unions have announced a further day of strike action - in addition to planned walk-outs on Saturday - in their ongoing battle over pension reform.

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The one-day strike on Thursday, February 16th, will be the fifth strike day since unions began their campaign to thwart Emmanuel Macron's plans to reform the French pension system, including raising the pension age from 62 to 64.

Saturday, February 11th, had already been announced as a day of strikes and mass demos - although unions representing SNCF rail workers have said they will not issue a strike call, because of the number of French families travelling for the school holidays.

On Wednesday the eight French union federations announced an extra date - Thursday, February 16th.

It is likely that services including public transport will see severe disruption on February 16th, as they have on the previous one-day actions, and demos are also planned. 

Keep up with the latest in our strike section HERE, and our strike calendar: French pension strikes - the dates to remember.

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