France rail strikes

This item appears on page 19 of the May 2018 issue.

French train workers began striking against labor reforms on April 2, with strikes scheduled to occur two days out of every five for three months. It was expected that only trains operating between stations in France would have service interrupted, with international train service being mostly unaffected.

The strikes were announced after France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, proposed to sign new hires in many public sectors to different contracts with fewer benefits. Many other unions, including the waste-management and energy trades, were also striking.