Women workers have danced in protest and striking Eiffel Tower employees closed France’s most famed monument but the government has pushed ahead anyway with a troubled bill redesigning the national retirement system.
French rail strikes against government plans to reform France’s retirement system have marked a new milestone of 29 straight days of walkouts, surpassing even the lengths of strikes in the 1980s.
France’s prime minister has said the full retirement age will be increased for the country’s youngest, but offered concessions in an ill-fated effort to calm a nationwide protest against pension reforms that critics say will erode the nation’s way of life.
Thousands of union activists have marched through French cities as airport employees, teachers and other workers joined nationwide strikes, cranking up pressure on the government to scrap changes to the national retirement system.
Travellers have suffered disruption across France for a second day as unions dig in for what they hope is a protracted strike against government plans to redesign the national retirement system.
The Eiffel Tower shut down, France’s vaunted high-speed trains stood still and several thousand people protested in Paris as unions launched nationwide strikes over the government’s plan to overhaul the retirement system.
British tourists heading to Disneyland Paris say they are “heartbroken” about disruption due to strike action in France.
The union representing postal workers has lost an appeal against a High Court injunction blocking potential strikes by its members.
The “substantial” dispute between the union representing postal workers and Royal Mail is unlikely to be resolved “without a real threat of industrial action”, the Court of Appeal has heard.
The trade union representing postal workers is set to challenge a High Court injunction to block potential strikes by members.