Disruptions expected for flights between Spain and UK as French air traffic controllers join Thursday’s nationwide strike

LAST UPDATED: 14 Nov, 2017 @ 13:10
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FRENCH air traffic controllers have announced they will be joining the nationwide general strike in France on November 16.

The strike will begin at 1am on Thursday to protest president Emmanuel Macron’s changes to the country’s labour laws.

Airlines have warned that flights to and from  France – and those that travel through French airspace – could be affected.

Travellers are encouraged to check their travel itinerary and the status of their flight before departure.

Macron’s labor code ‘revolution’, which caps dismissal payouts and makes it easier to hire and fire workers, is aimed at kick-starting a sluggish economy and slashing the stubbornly-high unemployment rate of 9.8%.

But unions say France’s biblical labor rulebook, the 3,500-page Code du Travail, has been defended for generations — and they won’t see it trimmed without putting up a fight.

 

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