French president calls on transport unions to suspend Christmas strikes

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday called on transport unions to suspend their pension strikes during the Christmas holidays to avoid disruption to passenger travel.

“The strike is a legitimate right protected by the constitution, but I think there are moments at the age of nations when it is good to have a truce in respect of families and family life,” Macron said at a joint news conference with Ivory Coast President El Hassan Ouattara in Abidjan.

The train services were paralyzed across France due to the two-week-old labor strikes to protest against Macron’s pension reform plan, which includes the abolition of special pension systems applied in sectors including railways.


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