Union calls for open-ended Paris transport strike

4th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

Trade union leaders at the Paris public transport system called Monday for an open-ended strike from October 12, part of an ongoing protest against the government's key pensions reform.

"This call covers all of the services and categories of workers of the RATP," the company that runs Paris's buses and underground Metro trains, said the CGT, France's biggest public sector workers' union.

Critics say the plan to raise the standard retirement age from 60 to 62 to help rein in France's public deficit places an unfair burden on workers.

Protestors took to the streets during two days of protest in September and a third on Saturday, and unions have named October 12 as the next big day of action, some of them upping the ante with talk of open-ended strikes.

Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Friday that his government would push on with the reform despite the protests.

© 2010 AFP

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