Jan 2, 2020

French government to meet transportation strikers next week

In this image, a large crowd of French protestors raise flags amid smoke
Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images

French government officials will begin talks with labor unions on Tuesday to end the country's longest transport stoppage since the mid-1980s.

Why it matters: It's been 29 days since transportation workers in France started striking in protest of President Macron's proposal to overhaul the pension system.

  • Negotiations held before Christmas fell through. In a speech this week, Macron vowed to carry through his reforms, though he hinted that his plan could be further scaled back to appease workers.
  • Macron's concessions might not be enough for strikers, whose absence from work is hurting the country's economy. Most of them want the plan scrapped altogether.

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