Thursday 2 June 2016

French Unions Threaten To Disrupt Rail Travel During Euro 2016

Strike action in France is threatening to disrupt rail transport across the country during Euro 2016 this summer. Three of the four biggest rail unions in France called for an open-ended strike on Monday, as they continue their dispute with the French government over pay and work conditions.

Forty per cent of France's high-speed trains and more than half the country's regional trains were cancelled on Wednesday as workers launched their eighth strike in three months. Up to two-and-a-half million supporters could be affected by the strikes if they continue throughout the Euros. Workers have threatened to stay away for the start of the tournament, which is due to commence when France take on Romania in Paris on June 10.

Additionally, the Air France pilots' union are also considering a four-day strike, which would start the day after the tournament kicks off. The protests have threatened to overshadow the upcoming tournament, which has also been beset by security concerns in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris last November. 


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