Striking French customs officials again reject govt offer
French customs officials striking for better pay and more staff, for the extra work expected with Brexit, on Thursday turned down a new offer to end a work-to-rule strike, unions said.
The industrial action has caused traffic havoc over the last 11 days at the port of Calais and the entrance to the Channel tunnel which links France and Britain.
“The unions left the meeting. We invite other customs officials to give an opinion on this (proposal),” the unions said in a statement.
The customs agents are demanding an increase in overnight pay, a danger allowance, and more staff and resources to help with greater controls that will be put in place once Britain breaks away from the European Union, currently scheduled in just over two weeks.
French unions representing the around 17,000 workers on Wednesday rejected a 14 million-euro ($15.8 million) budget boost offered by the government as it was “not sufficient compared to the agent’s demands”, Jean-Marc Jame of the CFDT union told AFP.
“When divided by the number of agents, there is not much left,” he said.