Paris airport may strike over Muslim workers row

3rd November 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 7, 2006 (AFP) - Unions at Paris's main airport were to meet Tuesday afternoon to discuss possible strike action over the withdrawal of security badges from more than 70 airport workers, mostly Muslims.

PARIS, Nov 7, 2006 (AFP) - Unions at Paris's main airport were to meet Tuesday afternoon to discuss possible strike action over the withdrawal of security badges from more than 70 airport workers, mostly Muslims.

Last week officials at Charles de Gaulle-Roissy international airport said that 72 workers have been stripped of their security clearance since May 2005 for suspected links to Islamic extremists and other fundamentalist groups.

A spokesman for the CGT union said it would be pushing for a "total work stoppage" to protest against the conditions in which the badges were withdrawn.

Unions have already filed a complaint for discrimination and the French anti-discrimination agency HALDE is also investigating the matter.

On Wednesday a court is to rule on a plea brought by seven of the affected workers, who are requesting that the interior ministry produce the evidence against them.

Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said on Friday that the withdrawal of the men's security clearance was an "obligation of precaution."

Officials at Roissy said that one of the men was in contact with an associate of the British "shoe-bomber" Richard Reid, who was convicted of trying to blow up an American Airlines Paris to Miami flight in 2001.

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Subject: French news

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