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World  |  September 07, 2010 17:51:01

The strike paralyzed transport in France: And it will be worse, say unions


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PARIS (MEDIAFAX) - French trade unionists Tuesday's strike crippled transport, schools and teaching in the operation of medical equipment. Informed the France 24 site

Unions prior to the strike estimated that the protests could attend up to two million Frenchmen. "Finally, participation exceeded our expectations. However, if the government fails to respond to our insistence, we will continue, and are currently excluded from any measure" suggested the possibility of a future general strike Bernard Thibault, one of the trade union leaders.

The strikers were protesting against the government's pension reform plan that increases the retirement age by two years to 62 years.

Strikes in France considerably complicated transport links, rail transport and domestic flights, Air France has been a 50 percent reduced model. Many school facilities throughout France remained closed on Tuesday, but private companies are not affected by the strike stronger.

"If the government refuses to respond to our suggestions, we will organize another strike. There are other ways to pay for our pensions - for example, raise taxes to the richest," thundered the megaphone Thibault.

Strikes and demonstrations, however, probably will not have a big impact on the commitment of President Nicolas Sarkozy, which provided pension reform as a priority of his government. The government argues that it is precisely this reform is crucial in the fight against high public debt and in order to maintain the country's highest rating "AAA".According to Reuters, the government resolved on its intention to increase the retirement age, but is willing to negotiate an earlier retirement for people who have physically demanding jobs or for people who started working at an early age.

Vojtech Kristen, kristen@mediafax.cz

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