Power workers in France have resumed strike action against Government austerity policies with a massive demonstration through the streets of Paris.
GV TV Demonstrators walking down centre of Paris street chanting and carrying banners.
SV PAN Demonstrators with assortment of banners (2 shots)
SV Marchers's wearing masks of President Giscard d'Eastaing and Prime Minister Raymond Barre, followed by other demonstrators carrying coffin (2 shots)
GV Woman watching from balcony window
SVs Marchers congregate for meeting and listen to speech as banner is held high (3 shots)
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Background: Power workers in France have resumed strike action against Government austerity policies with a massive demonstration through the streets of Paris. The power men decided earlier last week to resume their strike action after talks between unions and the power boards broke down.
SYNOPSIS: The mass demonstration was organised by the two main unions representing the electricity and gas workers. They paralysed some 30 per cent of the country's power supply for two hours while they held their protest.
The power workers' decision to resume their strike action comes in the wake of other massive demonstrations throughout France...including a 24-hour general strike...against the "plan Barre"....a major austerity programme introduced by French Prime Minister Raymond Barre. That plan, workers in France claim, has brought unemployment of well over a million people. The power workers have been staging sporadic strikes against the Government's austerity programme since the beginning of the month, when left-wing union groups held the one-day general strike.