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June 2, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A strike by Air France pilots created deep embarrassment for the country, which is about to host the world's biggest sporting event: World Cup soccer. Despite pressure from the government, most of the state-run carrier's 3,200 pilots walked out to protest $83 million in annual pay cuts. They are threatening to stay out for two weeks or more. That would be well into the World Cup, which is scheduled to start June 10 and be played in 10 cities across France for a month.
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March 30, 2001 | From Associated Press
A nationwide rail strike hobbled trains from the suburban express to the London-bound Eurostar on Thursday, leaving many French commuters stuck in traffic jams. The strike tops a week of traffic woes for the French. Bus and subway workers paralyzed dozens of major cities in strikes Monday through Wednesday. Paris was spared in the first job action but was hit hard Thursday, with suburban trains and long-distance and high-speed trains crippled.
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NEWS
May 24, 2000 | Associated Press
A two-week strike by armored-truck guards in France that left Paris' automated teller machines empty and people scrambling to find cash came to an end Tuesday. The guards had gone on strike after several holdups that left colleagues dead. On Tuesday, they agreed to accept a "risk premium" of $138 a month--less than the $208 they sought but far more than the initial offer. The deal also includes a pay increase ranging from 1.5% to 5% over two years.
NEWS
September 8, 2000 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Across France, cabbies, truck and ambulance drivers, barge captains, peasants, flower growers and members of other trades and professions joined Thursday in a common cause: an attempt to hold the country and its economy hostage. The spark is the high, and still rising, price of diesel fuel and other petroleum products.
NEWS
September 6, 2000 | From Associated Press
Trucking leaders in France said early today that they were satisfied with a government offer to reduce their gasoline bills but that they planned to consult with union members before deciding whether to end a blockade of the nation's oil refineries and fuel depots.
BUSINESS
July 5, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Merger Plans Spark Strike at Air France: France's state-owned domestic airline canceled 70% of its flights Thursday after unions representing its 11,000 employees went on strike to protest the airline's merger plans. The one-day walkout coincided with the announcement of plans to merge the domestic Air France Europe into Air France. The merger would eliminate about 950 jobs over two years and it would do away with a longtime 15% premium paid to Air France Europe pilots, Air France said.
NEWS
October 16, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
French public broadcasters and news agencies were badly hit when journalists staged a 24-hour walkout in protest against government plans to scrap their 62-year-old tax privileges. A leader of the journalists' union said the 30% tax break was part of their professional status, instituted to compensate for work expenses. The strike restricted French-language services of news agencies Agence France-Presse, Associated Press and Reuters.
BUSINESS
May 30, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
French Labor Unions Dig In Over State Monopolies: Workers are preparing mass strikes for today and Wednesday to protest plans to dismantle state-owned monopolies such as France Telecom. They fear that liberalization and privatization of telecommunications, postal and rail services will threaten thousands of jobs. The union action is part of a dispute being fought out on the streets after Jacques Chirac won the May 7 presidential election.
BUSINESS
May 26, 1992 | Reuters
Air France's main pilots' union has called a strike for Wednesday and Thursday to protest the dismissal of a pilot who opposed the investigators of a 1988 Airbus jetliner crash. The Syndicat Nationale des Pilotes de Ligne, which represents about two-thirds of the French flagship airline's pilots, first made its strike threat a week ago. Since then, Air France had not called for negotiations over the controversy involving pilot Norbert Jacquet.
NEWS
February 25, 1994 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For generations, the muscled fishermen of Brittany have harvested the cold, choppy waters of the Atlantic, relishing the good years and enduring the bad ones to keep seafood on the great tables of France. But all that changed when they went on strike recently over low prices for imported fish. In one city, 5,000 fishermen battled riot police with baseball bats and iron bars, injuring 134 officers beneath a tear-gas haze.
NEWS
September 6, 2000 | From Associated Press
Trucking leaders in France said early today that they were satisfied with a government offer to reduce their gasoline bills but that they planned to consult with union members before deciding whether to end a blockade of the nation's oil refineries and fuel depots.
NEWS
May 24, 2000 | Associated Press
A two-week strike by armored-truck guards in France that left Paris' automated teller machines empty and people scrambling to find cash came to an end Tuesday. The guards had gone on strike after several holdups that left colleagues dead. On Tuesday, they agreed to accept a "risk premium" of $138 a month--less than the $208 they sought but far more than the initial offer. The deal also includes a pay increase ranging from 1.5% to 5% over two years.
NEWS
May 20, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
A strike by armored car guards, now in its 11th day, is turning France into a cashless society. Sales are down in small shops, waiters are losing out on tips, and beggars are deprived of the few coins they count on to survive. With the normal flow of cash between banks and shops cut off, the small change and bank notes used for everyday purchases are becoming hard to find. Credit cards and checks often are the only way to pay for purchases.
NEWS
June 2, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A strike by Air France pilots created deep embarrassment for the country, which is about to host the world's biggest sporting event: World Cup soccer. Despite pressure from the government, most of the state-run carrier's 3,200 pilots walked out to protest $83 million in annual pay cuts. They are threatening to stay out for two weeks or more. That would be well into the World Cup, which is scheduled to start June 10 and be played in 10 cities across France for a month.
NEWS
November 6, 1997 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From gasoline to fresh fish, yogurt and cauliflower, staples were starting to run short across France as striking truckers on Wednesday widened a blockade of roads and highways with their rigs to push for better pay and working conditions. The strike, in its third full day, began to pinch painfully at the arteries of Europe's increasingly integrated economy, which depends more than ever on deliveries by big trucks.
NEWS
April 5, 1997 | Associated Press
Air France Europe ground crews blocked runways at Orly Airport on Friday to protest planned job and salary cuts at the state-owned airline. Meanwhile, bank employees walked off their jobs, and doctors continued a 4-week-old strike. The job actions were the latest against budget-cutting moves by Prime Minister Alain Juppe, European deregulation and French efforts to liberalize the job market.
NEWS
September 8, 2000 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Across France, cabbies, truck and ambulance drivers, barge captains, peasants, flower growers and members of other trades and professions joined Thursday in a common cause: an attempt to hold the country and its economy hostage. The spark is the high, and still rising, price of diesel fuel and other petroleum products.
NEWS
May 25, 1996 | From Associated Press
Eiffel Tower workers ended a five-day strike Friday, failing to achieve their main demand after disappointing thousands of tourists trying to visit Paris' No. 1 attraction. Tower workers started the strike over new parking facilities they said were too far away but later also asked for a 35-hour workweek and air-conditioned elevators. "The whole place is shut down over a parking spot?
NEWS
November 29, 1996 | From Associated Press
Cities and towns across France suffered crippling gasoline shortages Thursday, the 11th day of a truckers' strike. The government spoke hopefully of compromise, but truckers said the conflict was not over. The blockades that have paralyzed much of the country and wrought havoc elsewhere in Europe showed no sign of weakening. Gasoline rationing was in effect in at least half of France's 90 counties, according to radio reports.
NEWS
October 16, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
French public broadcasters and news agencies were badly hit when journalists staged a 24-hour walkout in protest against government plans to scrap their 62-year-old tax privileges. A leader of the journalists' union said the 30% tax break was part of their professional status, instituted to compensate for work expenses. The strike restricted French-language services of news agencies Agence France-Presse, Associated Press and Reuters.
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