Public workers stage nationwide strike against Macron's labor reforms

Nine public sector unions have called the one-day strike for Tuesday to protests Emmanuel Macron's labor reforms. Schools, hospitals and transport will be affected.
Emmanuel Macron (Reuters/L.Marin)
French civil servants are to go on strike Tuesday in a bid to put pressure on President Emmanuel Macron's cost cutting plans in the public sector.
Nine public sector unions representing more than 5 million workers called the nationwide strikes and demonstrations against Macron's plans to cut 120,000 civil service jobs, freeze pay, alter sick leave policy and cut social employment schemes.

Schools, hospitals, government offices and train and air transport are all expected to be impacted by the strikes, the first in a decade joined by all public sector unions.
Thirty percent of flights across the country had been cancelled, although Air France said it would run all long-distance flights to and from Paris' airports.
The strikes are the fourth seeking to get Macron to roll back his pro-business reform plans, which are aimed at reducing stubbornly high unemployment and kickstarting the economy. 
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But previous one-day strikes called last month by the CGT union and the left-wing France Unbowed party had limited impact. Those strikes failed to clinch the support of other unions, which said they were willing to negotiate with the president over labor reforms.
Under Macron's reforms, employers may to hire and fire workers more easily, as well as set new conditions for companies to negotiate directly with employees over working conditions.
Macron saw his poll numbers drop to nearly 30 percent this summer, but have since risen slightly.  He has vowed to press on with his labor reform agenda. 
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