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Air France workers join the strike wave

Issue No. 2609

Air France workers join strikes that could beat Macron

Air France workers join strikes that could beat Macron (Pic: Joe Ravi/Wikicommons)


Air France workers were set to begin a strike this weekend in their latest round of action over pay.

It’s part of a wave of revolt against President Emmanuel Macron and the bosses who support him.

Electricity and gas workers staged a major day of action last week with strikes at over 245 sites. At least 120 of them were blockaded.

Workers are demanding the nationalisation of the entire energy sector, an increase of £350 a month, a minimum wage of £1,575 a month and no job losses.

Rail workers struck on Monday this week and were set to strike again on Friday. This would be their 32nd and 33rd day of strikes against privatisation, line closures and attacks on workers’ contracts.

Two union federations and several student unions have agreed to a day of action over a range of issues on 28 June.

But Macron is not backing off—indeed he is selecting new targets.

He released a video last week where he said of health and social care, “We spend too much money, we let people avoid their responsibilities, we are in curing mode.”

Workers are showing real willingness to fight, but only escalation to a general strike will beat Macron.


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