Gridlock alert: Transport strike set for October 4

26th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 26 (AFP) - French railway unions on Monday joined the call for a nationwide day of protests against the centre-right government's economic policies to take place on October 4.

PARIS, Sept 26 (AFP) - French railway unions on Monday joined the call for a nationwide day of protests against the centre-right government's economic policies to take place on October 4.

Six unions at the state-owned SNCF train operator announced a strike from 8pm on Monday October 3 to 8am on Wednesday October 5.

Disruption was also predicted on the Paris commuter network after two unions at the state-owned metro and bus company RATP announced a strike.

France's five largest union federations have called for a day of strikes and demonstrations across the state and private sectors to demand pay increases and investment in public services.

They are also demanding the withdrawal of a new labour contract -- introduced by decree by prime minister Dominique de Villepin -- which makes it easier for businesses to fire workers during the first two years of employment.

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Subject: French news

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