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Police could be used to break French airport dispute

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Police could be used to break French airport dispute


The French government has warned that if there is no let up in strike action by airport security workers they will send in the police to aid passengers and their baggage through security.

But the strikers’ mood remains defiant as the walkout in support of a wage increase and better working conditions moves into a sixth day.

With a stalemate at the negotiating table, it is passengers who are baring the brunt of the disruption.

One passenger said: “We are not happy of course. If you travel alot, you don’t like it. You never like it. You want to go home to the family.” Another complained the strikes were always timed to hurt families trying to get together: “It upsets us. I don’t really understand it. It always seems to happen during the holidays.”

Most affected so far have been outgoing flights at Paris’ Charles De Gaulle airport, plus those at Lyon and Nice.

But with workers claiming they receive salaries below the national average, the dispute appears set to continue.

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