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French Trade Unions Announce Massive Strike on October 18

Samizdat – 13.10.2022

PARIS – The leading French trade unions will hold a nationwide strike on October 18, demanding higher wages and protesting against the government’s attempts to force striking energy sector employees to go back to work, the unions said on Thursday.

“We call on employees to demonstrate for higher wages and protection of the right to organize strikes,” the unions said in a statement, aired by the Franceinfo broadcaster.

According to the statement, the planned strike is a response to government interference in the social movement of oil sector employees and encroachment on the right to strike.

The strike will be held at the call of the General Confederation of Labor, Force Ouvriere, the Federation Syndicale Unitaire and the Solidaires labor union. French transport unions, including national rail operator SNCF and youth organizations will also join.

The industrial action by energy sector employees has been ongoing in France since September 21, when ExxonMobil employees went on strike. They were joined on September 27 by workers of French energy company TotalEnergies. Last Tuesday, trade unions announced a three-day protest demanding a 10% pay increase as well as the indexation of 2022 wages to match the current record-breaking inflation. The strike led to a shortage of fuel at every third gas station in the country. The government forcibly returned the personnel of oil storage facilities to work in the city of Dunkirk and in a commune of Port-Jerome-sur-Seine in northern France.

October 13, 2022 - Posted by | Economics, Solidarity and Activism |

6 Comments »

  1. “The French are revolting”…..again.

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | October 13, 2022 | Reply

  2. Go, Labor! I’m a blue-collar laboring guy, by heritage and by heart. Strike at the greedy essence of uber-capitalism!

    “The government forcibly returned the personnel of oil storage facilities to work in the city of Dunkirk and in a commune of Port-Jerome-sur-Seine in northern France.” Cheeky bas*ards, aren’t the government thugs?

    Egalite, Liberte, Fraternite! Unite!

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    Comment by roberthstiver | October 13, 2022 | Reply

    • Are you French heritage Robert?

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | October 13, 2022 | Reply

      • I’m a stubborn, taciturn ol’ German of peasant stock in what I believe became East Germany post-WWII…grandpa (never met) immigrated to USA in the 1870s, took up farming in rural State of Ohio, spoke German his whole life, wound up marrying the farm’s housemaid!…and siring 8 or so kids. Dad, b. 1906, interspersed his US-English with German phrases when he wanted to upbraid me/brothers or sometimes just for the fun of it.

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        Comment by roberthstiver | October 14, 2022 | Reply

  3. Higher prices -> higher wages -> higher prices etc. Unions are part of the circle.

    Like

    Comment by Balthasar Gerards | October 14, 2022 | Reply

    • True enough. I guess my blue-collar/farmer/factory/labor-union egalitarian self just doesn’t think a CEO need make 400 times what a member of the mfg workforce takes home as a “living” wage.

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      Comment by roberthstiver | October 14, 2022 | Reply


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