France is bracing itself for another day of strikes as transport workers along with other public sector employees go on strike.
More than one million people are expected to march today in a second round of protests against the government’s handling of the economic crisis. Buses, airports, schools and government offices will all be hit. A climate of disputes is growing – workers at a tyre factory recently pelted managers with eggs after being told they would lose their jobs while elsewhere workers locked up their bosses over night to demand more redundancy cover. The government has already introduced a €26 billion stimulus plan aimed at business investment and after the January 29 strike a further €2.6 billion was targeted at vulnerable households. But the trade unions have more demands including measures to protect employment and a tax hike for high earners. With opinion polls indicating a 75 percent support rate for the protest movement, President Nicolas Sarkozy is facing his toughest challenge to date. Although his government says there will be no more concessions until the stimulus plan has had time to kick in, concern is growing over the climate of unrest.