Teachers lead strike over jobs and pay

8th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 8, 2007 (AFP) - More than half of France's high-school teachers joined a civil service strike Thursday to demand higher pay and denounce planned job cuts, the largest teaching union said.

PARIS, Feb 8, 2007 (AFP) - More than half of France's high-school teachers joined a civil service strike Thursday to demand higher pay and denounce planned job cuts, the largest teaching union said.

Marches were also planned in cities across France following a call by six trade union federations. Rail workers were due to join the protests, although not the strike.

Across the civil service, a fifth of all workers were on strike, according to government figures. The education ministry put the number of striking high-school teachers lower, at around a third.

Unions are calling for higher wage increases than the 1.5 percent received in 1996, and want the government to scrap plans in the 2007 budget to cut 15,000 jobs in the education sector.

The protests come 10 weeks ahead of France's presidential election, in which the future of France's public services -- especially the work conditions of its estimated 800,000 teachers -- are set to be a key issue.

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Subject: French news, Edcation, Strike

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