• Short Summary

    Millions of public service workers throughout France staged a 24-hour strike on Tuesday (9 March) to put pressure on the government at the start of their annual wage negotiations.

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    Millions of public service workers throughout France staged a 24-hour strike on Tuesday (9 March) to put pressure on the government at the start of their annual wage negotiations.
    Schools were closed, no mail was delivered and train services were disrupted.
    Dustmen and social security workers also joined the strike and hospitals accepted only emergencies.
    Electricity and gas workers staged intermittent stoppages but there were no power cuts.
    Transport authorities said that only half the trains were running on national lines, but the strike did not effect the municipally-run Pairs underground.
    About 30,000 strikers paraded through Paris streets in support of the claims by the country's two major unions, the CGT and the CFDT.
    The unions want to negotiate wages on the basis of their own calculations of the retial price index, which is about five per cent higher than the official government index of a 9.6 per cent inflation rate.
    Trade union source said the strike call had been answered by about 70 per cent of workers.
    About three-quarters of France's teachers stayed at home and the post office said the one-day walk-out would mean dislocated mail delivery for a WEEK.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACVB6JH2JWN5Z7YWKDLIW9Z65L
    Media URN:
    VLVACVB6JH2JWN5Z7YWKDLIW9Z65L
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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