French major unions plan sixth round of protests

France's major trade unions are planning a sixth round of protests against the government's handling of the economic crisis.

French major unions plan sixth round of protests

France's major trade unions are planning a sixth round of protests against the government's handling of the economic crisis, which could include strikes as well as marches and rallies.

Of the eight unions who have brought millions of protesters out into the streets since January, two did not support the latest plan for Oct. 7.

"It wasn't possible to bring everyone to the table, but we hope the other organisations will join us," Bernard Thibault, secretary-general of France's biggest trade union, CGT, told journalists on Tuesday. He said the precise action to be taken would be decided locally.

Unions are pressuring the government to raise the legal minimum wage and enhance job protection, do more to help poorer families and the unemployed, and ensure a fairer distribution of company profits.

Force Ouvriere, one of the unions that does not support the latest initiative, has questioned whether demonstrations are the best way to achieve those goals, arguing only a general strike can force the government and employers into action.


Reuters

Last Mod: 10 Eylül 2009, 09:17
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