French Air Traffic Controllers Call for June Strike

By Jesse Sokolow on 25 May 2016
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Passengers at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris

Passengers at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris

The union representing French air traffic controllers has called for a three-day strike in early June.

The Union syndicale de l’aviation civile said that the strike would take place from June 3 through June 5. The job action has the support of all of the unions representing the 12,000 workers employed by the Direction générale de l’aviation civile, or Directorate General for Civil Aviation.

In a statement Tuesday, the union said that the “reduction in staffing over the past ten years has become intolerable” and called on “all staff without exception” to take part in the strike because the decline in staffing and “multiple service reorganizations” affects all employees.

The air traffic controllers aren’t the only ones planning a strike. France is bracing for rolling strikes by rail workers every Wednesday and Thursday that will continue until the Euro 2016 championships in July.

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