New Port Strike in Marseille

Workers protest privatization plans

Workers at France's biggest port of Marseille staged a 48-hour walkout on June 12, the latest of a string of strikes and protests over port privatization plans.

"We are keeping up the pressure to get things moving," said Pascal Galeote, CGT union leader for the Mediterranean port. Workers were to meet June 11 afternoon to decide how long to continue their action.

Since April, France's main ports have been disrupted by a series of strikes over government plans to privatise some heavy machinery operations, in line with dockers whose jobs went private in the 1990s.

In Paris, meanwhile, the CGT port union federation called for a national two-day strike June 10 and 11, when the privatisation bill -- approved by the upper house Senate last month -- is to go before the National Assembly.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2008

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