Nearly 75 pct French support strike

17th March 2009, Comments 2 comments

Nearly three-quarters French surveyed in a poll believe a one-day national strike on Thursday is justified.

PARIS – Nearly three-quarters of people in France believe a national strike called for Thursday is justified, a poll released on Tuesday said.

France's main unions are organising the nationwide action to protest over President Nicolas Sarkozy's handling of the economic crisis.

The poll published in the financial daily Les Echos showed 74 percent of the French considered the one-day strike as justified and 62 percent said they disapproved of the government's economic policies.

More than one million people took to the streets during a one-day strike on 29 January but the unions have called for more protests after dismissing a string of new social benefits unveiled by Sarkozy as insufficient.

Unions are calling on Sarkozy to scrap plans to cut public sector jobs and are seeking more social protection as France heads into recession.

The strike on Thursday is expected to cause disruption to public transport and train services and shut down some schools and government offices. Some private sector workers are also taking part.

The survey of 1,003 people by the BVA-BPI firm was carried out on 13 and 14 March.

AFP / Expatica

2 Comments To This Article

  • hsr0601 posted:

    on 21st March 2009, 13:51:34 - Reply

    I guess the U.S. need to accept the suggestions of the E.U., and the E.U.and the other nations need to adopt an advanced smart grid technology, which is worth the deficit for job creation and economic activity, is something to do ultimately.

    I think like USA, the world economy also urgently needs job creation, and like internet, the global economy requires common ground, that is why The World-Wide Green New Deal is necessary.
    We can not rebuild grand economy on the volatile, declining energy base, instead, the world has enough technology and its potential, I suppose.

    Thank you !

  • Louise posted:

    on 17th March 2009, 21:53:30 - Reply

    This isn't a crisis only affecting France, it's a global problem. Where then is the sense in striking for a day and taking away revenue from the State????? What will that achieve????