Paris and other major French cities were hit by a wave of strikes and demonstrations on Wednesday (13 November).
Paris and other major French cities were hit by a wave of strikes and demonstrations on Wednesday (13 November). The strikers included newspaper, hospital, customs and social security workers, responding to a call from the Communist-led C.G.T. trade union group.
The strike of printers and journalists left the country without nationally circulated newspapers, and industrial action by journalists at the state-controlled radio and television network (O.R.T.F.) reduced news broadcasts to a minimum.
The strikes were sparked off by the Government's inability to end the four-week old strike of postal workers. M. Geroges Seguy, leader of the C.G.t. said the unions had taken the decision to strike because "both the Government and the employers refuse to negotiate".
The postmen are asking for a minimum wage of 1,700 frances (GBP 155 pounds sterling), ($375 U.S.) a month, with better working conditions and a 200 franc (GBP 18 pounds sterling), ($45 U.S.) a month advance per month against pay rises due in 1975.
In Paris and other major cities thousands of striking workers joined demonstrations in the streets protesting against the Government's anti-inflation measures. The demonstrators, carrying placards and effigies of President Giscard D'Estain, included civil servants, postmen, printers and journalists.
The stoppages by public industry employees are expected to reach a peak next Tuesday (19 November) when a nation-wide on day strike has been called which will also affect private industry.