Thousands of French postal workers demonstrated outside the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in Paris on Monday (28 October), after four days of talks with the Government broke down on Sunday (27 October).
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Background: Thousands of French postal workers demonstrated outside the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in Paris on Monday (28 October), after four days of talks with the Government broke down on Sunday (27 October).
The mass demonstration was in support of their wage demands. After the breakdown of the talks union leaders called on M. Jacques Chirac, the Prime Minister, to revise the negotiation terms.
The strike is beginning to affect the French economy and small businesses. It has brought mail deliveries to a halt.
Most hard-hit of all are small businesses which depend on the mail.
Some of them are sending mail by a pool service to Brussels for "forwarding". But the strike has forced some mail order firms to lay off staff.
The strike began on 17 October and -- last Wednesday (23 October) -- it brought France's postal service to a standstill.
SYNOPSIS: Paris -- centre of France's postal dispute. On Monday, thousands of postmen demonstrated outside the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. They were pressing their wage demands after a four-day negotiation between their union leaders and the Government failed -- on Sunday -- to bring any settlement.
After the breakdown, union leaders called on Prime Minister Chirac to revise the negotiation terms. The postal dispute -- described by union leaders as the worst in twenty years -- began in October. And -- last Wednesday -- the postal service in Paris came to a standstill.
The strike is beginning to affect the French economy -- in particular, small businesses. Some mail-order firms are being forced to lay off staff, while others managed by sending their mail to Brussels for "forwarding".