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07 May 2019 | 07:21 PM UTC

France: Air traffic controllers, civil servants to strike May 8-10 /update 1

France News Alert

Air traffic controllers to strike May 8-10, civil servants to strike May 9; widespread disruptions expected during work stoppage

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/6/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/11/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION France

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Event

Unions representing French air traffic controllers have also announced their members will stage a strike from Wednesday evening (local time), May 8, to the early morning hours of Friday, May 10. Air traffic controllers will reportedly stage their industrial action from 19:00 on Wednesday to 06:00 on Friday. Flight delays and cancelations are possible at French airports during the strike period. France's agency in charge of air traffic control (DSNA) has called for a 30 percent reduction in flights at Paris-Orly Airport (ORY), Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (LYS), Marseille Provence Airport (MRS), and Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS) on Thursday, May 9. Additional strike actions and associated flight disruptions are possible over the coming weeks if the air traffic controllers' demands are not met.

Seven trade unions - including the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) and Workers' Force (FO) - have announced a nationwide strike by civil servants slated to take place on Thursday, to protest the government's civil service reforms. Unions contend the reforms could see the loss of 120,000 jobs over the next three years. Associated protests are also expected to take place nationwide. In Paris, protesters are expected to gather at 14:00 (local time) at Denfert-Rochereau and march to Les Invalides.

Advice

Individuals flying via French airports are advised to monitor developments to the situation, confirm flight reservations prior to departure for the airport, and contact their airline directly for more information.

Individuals in France should also avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution and anticipate a heightened security presence and localized business and transportation disruptions near any demonstrations.

 

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