French civil service unions call January strike

19th December 2007, Comments 0 comments

The six white-collar unions, meeting in eastern Paris, agreed in principle to call for a stoppage

   PARIS, December 18, 2007 - French civil servants are to strike for higher
wages on January 24 under a joint call from six unions, a statement said
Tuesday.
   The six white-collar unions, meeting in eastern Paris, agreed in principle
to call for a stoppage to "force the opening of genuine negotiations" on
salaries and wage thresholds, they said.
   At talks on Monday the government suggested a plan for a "guarantee of
individual purchasing power" -- provoking a strong reaction from unions, who
argue for an across-the-board pay increase for France's five million civil
servants.
   President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to end favourable pension terms enjoyed by
some professions including rail workers sparked a crippling 10-day national
transport strike last month.

AFP

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