• Short Summary

    Hundreds of workers from a dozen strikebound French companies staged a demonstration in central Paris on Tuesday (6 April) as part of a trade union campaign against unemployment and high prices.

  • Description

    Hundreds of workers from a dozen strikebound French companies staged a demonstration in central Paris on Tuesday (6 April) as part of a trade union campaign against unemployment and high prices.

    The demonstration was organised by the Paris region of the Communist led General Confederation Workers (G,G,T,) trade union. The G.C.T. is co-operating with the Socialist led French Confederation of Democratic Workers (C.F.D.T.) trade union in the wave of protests against government economic policy.

    Earlier, both federations ignored a call from the French President, Valery Giscard d'Estaing, for moderation and co-operation in easing the nation out of its economic crisis.

    Tuesday's demonstration was peaceful though colourful. The strikers set up stands on a boulevard near the Place de L'Opera displaying the products of the companies they worked for, while union activists handed out leaflets and collected donations from passer by.

    The demonstration preceded a 24 hour strike by gas and electricity workers and the climax to the action is expected on Thursday (8 April) when bank, theatre and cinema personnel and some workers from private sector factories are expected to join the stoppage.

    On Friday (9 April) the Paris courts are expected to be affected when staff from the Department of Justice join the strike with other civil servants.

    On the industrial front, major action is planned by workers in 70 companies which comprise the Rhone Poulenc Textile, chemical and pharmaceutical giant which had been troubled by strike action for the last two months. Other strikes are planned in the paper and building industries.

    SYNOPSIS: Paris, where on Tuesday hundreds of workers from a dozen strikebound French companies staged a demonstration as part of a trade union campaign against unemployment and high prices.

    The demonstration was organised by the Communist-led General Confederation of Workers and heralded a wave of similar protests for later this week in co-operation with the Socialist-led French Confederation of Democratic Workers.

    Earlier, both federations -- the country's two largest labour organisations -- had ignored a call from French President, Valery Giscard d'Estaing, for moderation and co-operation in easing the nation out of its' economic crisis.

    Meanwhile, Parisian bank and entertainment staff declared they would join the strike along with civil servants and factory workers.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE5GUH5ZTD71H4H8Y8MZS1U5RV
    Media URN:
    VLVAE5GUH5ZTD71H4H8Y8MZS1U5RV
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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