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OT National Strike in France from Thursday

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  1. TDA

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    Things might be a bit dodgy here for a while ...... :tda:

    "Even for a country with a reputation for strikes, France’s planned walkouts on Thursday, December 5, could be the biggest the country has seen in years; many are predicting the country could come to an actual standstill. What’s more, the strikes may last weeks.

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    Who exactly is going on strike?
    According to The Connection, the strike is expected to start at 10 p.m. (4 p.m. EST) local time on Wednesday, December 4, when workers at SNCF (France’s national rail company) and RATP (Paris’ regional transport authority) officially walk out. Air France air and ground crews will be on strike, making flights in and out of French airports difficult, notably because air traffic controllers will also walk out. Public travel generally will be made even more difficult by today’s announcement by lorry drivers that they intend to blockade major French roads from December 7 onwards. French people, reliant on cars to get to work have started stocking up on cans of petrol to have as a fall back in case garages run dry due to issues with delivery.

    Postal workers and other public service staff are expected to protest–three teaching unions have given the Ministry of Education formal notice of their intention to strike. The police intend to hold action in support of the strikes from 10am to 3pm across all police services and won’t take part in additional airport or motorway checks throughout the day.

    Ambulance drivers and hospital workers–who were on strike last week–will likely join the fray and recent striking firefighters might be added to the mix. The strike also has the support of the Gilets Jaunes movement, which has taken to the streets every weekend for the past year. One barristers union is also in favour, calling December 5, “a day for dead justice.”

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    Why are they on strike?
    The strike is against the French government’s proposed pension reforms. President Macron wishes to streamline the current pension system comprising 42 separate regimes into a single operating system. The new system would introduce a “points system” of retirement, which threatens the current early retirement age of many public service workers.

    More importantly for the protesters, the reforms would impact how much money they receive. Currently, public sector workers’ pensions are calculated on the salary they earned for the last six months of working life–which is usually the highest for most people–and they are also assessed on the 25 best years of their working life. The new system will take every year into account, meaning that people who worked on lower salaries for years or had periods of unemployment, will see that translate into a lower pension.

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    How is this strike different from others?
    The first smaller strike on September 13 was dubbed “Black Friday” and brought Parisian streets to a standstill, with some tailbacks trailing as far as 200km (125 miles). However, people generally seem to believe this will be much, much bigger. Firstly, in size, as it includes all union members across the major sectors comprising public life. Secondly, the five large trade unions in the RATP (Paris transport network) have called for “unlimited strikes” and want this to be only the first, so it’s likely to continue. Many unions have warned that strikes might run until Christmas. Thirdly, because of the stakes. French workers have been fighting the government against pension reforms since 1995 when Jacques Chirac tried to change the system; the proposed reform at that time, according to The Local, brought people to the streets in a way that hadn’t been seen since the spring of discontent in May 1968. After weeks of protest at the government threatening to increase the age of retirement, the plan was dropped. The new plans are much more severe.

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    Does the strike have widespread public support?
    A recent poll in La Tribune suggested that 60% of the general public is in favour and believe that the government avance en terrain miné–that is to say, faces a mine field fighting the weight of public opinion. Detractors believe the public might shift its opinion when airports and train tracks lay empty and daily lives become affected. It’s really a case of who blinks first; people feel strongly but President Macron has staked his political reputation on the outcome. And the French are used to fighting for a cause. A European Trade Union Institute study found that between 2010 and 2017, French strike days were 125 per 1,000 employees, compared to 20 in the U.K., 17 in Germany and 3 in Sweden."


    France’s Nationwide Strike On December 5 Could Be The Biggest In Decades - https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexledsom/2019/12/02/frances-nationwide-strike-on-december-5th-could-be-the-biggest-in-decades/
     
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    Gotta love the French:thumbup:
     
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    stock up on your wine @TDA :thumbup:
     
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  4. Eat Y'self Fitter

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    Will Guess the attendance be affected?
     
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    Simply do what we do here. Send police officers and army soldiers in plain clothes to mingle with the protesters and then kick off violently giving the police and army dressed as police an excuse to go in heavy handed, crack a few skulls and clear the protest away whilst letting the press know that the protesters became violent.
     
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    I wonder if they will have some lemons ready to suck like the students did in the 60s

     
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    back in the 70's and 80's the old bill used to put spotters in amongst the city fans on the special trains by getting them to dress the part of casuals. they were never really hard to spot because they always wore regulation police footwear the dopey cunts
     
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    Make your guess and deduct 1 :thumbup:
     
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    Big queues at the petrol stations yesterday. People filling up cans as well as cars. The local rural one has run out altogether today.
     
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    Listening to that makes me want to reach for the brandy and open the advent calendar

    Citrus sucking sunshine is my favourite tattoo

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    What a line from Mr Brown :thumbup:

    Go on open the brandy and have a chocolate out the advent calendar :hehe:
     
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    The Army haven't been involved in mainland protests for as long as I can remember.
     
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    How long can you remember?
     
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    Well over a week
     
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    Depends how much :weed: hes done in the 20 years
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    Mate that's illegal. I am going to have to report your comment to the appropriate authorities.
     
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    Illegal technicality :hehe:
     
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