French diplomats call strike over budget

24th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 21 (AFP) - Diplomats at the French foreign ministry could walk off the job on December 1 over budgetary woes, in what would be the first-ever strike at the Quai d'Orsay, union officials said Friday.


PARIS, Nov 21 (AFP) - Diplomats at the French foreign ministry could walk off the job on December 1 over budgetary woes, in what would be the first-ever strike at the Quai d'Orsay, union officials said Friday.

In a statement, the unions denounced a lack of manpower and a constantly decreasing budget at the ministry despite "France's grand ambitions on the world stage", urging all diplomatic personnel in France and abroad to strike.

Union officials said it was the first time that all six trade unions active at the ministry had banded together to call for a strike, with previous action limited to certain categories of personnel.

The CFDT trade union said that some 2,000 jobs had been cut at the foreign ministry over the past decade.

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