France : A Land of Striking Beauty. A Land of Striking Workers.
Il est avril en France, Le soleil brille / It is April in France and the sun shines brightly.
The flowers are blooming, lovers are walking hand in hand. What a better way to take in Paris, than go up in the Eiffel Tower.
Except you can’t.
Why you ask, because the workers of the Eiffel Tower have gone out on sympathy strike. That’s why.
Oui, mes amis, L’Eiffel workers are showing their fraternity with the Air traffic controls who have shut down French Air Space.
And what are the ATC striking over? The answer is delaying retirement from 57 years to 59 years and restructuring.
Of course this causes chaos for the airlines and passengers but the Trade Unionists don’t care as they face no financial penalties for the problems it causes.
Not only that but this is not the first time France ATC have gone on strike. Just look at this – see a pattern?
This gets old.
Is the European Union doing anything about the enforcement of the Freedom of good and services? No, they are too cowardly.
Anyone planning on going to or through France needs to consider the probability of some strike disrupting your plans or at worst, leaving you stranded. Latest we heard is that they are threatening a 4 day strike over the May bank holiday.
Maybe Bobby Jindahl was right afterall, about Paris being a “No go” Zone but for a different reason.
The Roaman Emperor’s verdict on French Unions: “FEED THEM TO THE LIONS” and since a picture paint a thousand words, this is our message to them: