Striking unions cripple France in stand-off with Macron

  • Thursday 05, December 2019 03:03 PM
  • Striking unions cripple France in stand-off with Macron
Sharjah24 – Reuters: Railway workers, teachers and emergency room medics launched one of the biggest public sector strikes in France for decades on Thursday, determined to force President Emmanuel Macron to abandon plans to overhaul France's generous pension system.
Transport networks in Paris and cities across France ground to a near halt as unions dug in for a protest that threatens to paralyse France for days and poses the severest challenge to Macron's reform agenda since "yellow vest" protests erupted.

Railway and metro stations in Paris were largely deserted during the early rush hour as commuters dusted off old bicycles, turned to carpooling rides or worked from home.

Airport workers, truck drivers, police and garbage collectors and others are all expected to join the strike at a time of widespread discontent towards Macron's drive to make France's economy more competitive and cut public spending.