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France – Protests, Strikes – Nationwide 10 Oct.

10 oktober, 2017

The Directorate General for Civil Aviation has instructed airlines to reduce flights by 30-percent on Oct. 10 due to a strike by air traffic controllers (ATC) associated with the Trade Association of Civil Aviation-General Confederation of Labour (USAC-CGT).

Flight disruptions will likely be most significant at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly (ORY); Beauvais (BVA); Bordeaux (BOD); Lyon (LYS); Marseille (MRS); Nantes (NTE); Nice (NCE); and Toulouse (TLS) airports. Short- and medium-haul passenger flights are more likely to be affected by cancellations than intercontinental routes. The strike could also cause ancillary delays at other airports across Europe, particularly on Air France (AF) flights, as aircraft are held at their points of origin. Many carriers that operate flights to France will probably offer flexible rebooking policies during the strike period.

Rail workers will also join in the walkout. Reduced operations on the SNCF rail network are slated to occur 1900 Oct. 9-0800 Oct. 11. Trains operating on the TER, Intercity, Transilien, TGV, Thalys, and Eurostar will likely also face disruptions during the strike period. Rail operators will publish updated schedules on their websites 24-48 hours before the strike begins.

Employees in municipal governments, schools, the postal service, local law enforcement, hospitals, and fire departments may also take part in the strike. Staff shortages and operational delays in these sectors are likely, though emergency services will still operate. Labour unions are planning protests in all major cities during the action; a large rally is slated to take place at Place de la Republique in Paris. Tens of thousands of people may join in the demonstrations nationwide. While most protests will likely remain peaceful, isolated clashes cannot be ruled out.

Unions and civil society groups throughout France have staged nationwide strikes and demonstrations since Sept. 21 to protest President Emmanuel Macron’s labour reform agenda. The transport and public service sectors have been the most affected by the actions. Strikes have been coupled with mass protests in city centres such as Paris Sept. 12, 21, 23, and 28, as well as Oct. 3.

Prepare for flight disruptions throughout France during the walkout; disruptions may extend past the end of the strike as the backlog of cancelled flights is cleared. Confirm all air and rail bookings with transport operators. Verify nonemergency appointments at medical facilities. Plan for shipping delays. Avoid all demonstrations as a routine security precaution. If skirmishes occur nearby, leave the area immediately, and seek shelter in a secure location. Allow extra time for travel in major cities.

If your travel plans are affected by the above or you require further information please contact your HRG Office.

Source: The Local

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