- Rail workers staged a successful one-day national strike last week demanding a 6 percent pay rise.
Electricity and gas workers were set to take action this week. Car workers at Renault and Peugeot have warned that they too could take action over pay. The high level of struggle in France in recent years has focused on defending welfare provision and cutting the working week.
But with companies announcing record profits, workers are now saying it's their turn to benefit.
- Workers are gearing up for a general strike against IMF-style free market policies on Tuesday of next week.
It is the first joint strike by workers in both the public and private sectors for several years.
Unions are calling for a 35-hour week, an end to privatisation, measures to create jobs and no to flexible working hours. Those demands fly in the face of the policies of prime minister Costas Simitis, the Greek Tony Blair.
There was strong union support for the hundreds of Greek protesters who travelled to Prague to oppose the IMF and World Bank last week.