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French rail workers set up street protests, resume strike

A railway worker with a union flag faces police officers on the sidelines of a gathering in Paris, France, Thursday, May 3, 2018. French rail workers set up street protests across France on Thursday as they resumed their rolling strike against President Emmanuel Macron's plans to revamp national railway company SNCF. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
May 03, 2018 - 9:16 AM

PARIS - French rail workers set up street protests across France on Thursday as they resumed their rolling strike against President Emmanuel Macron's plans to revamp national railway company SNCF.

Rail unions notably called for a rally in Paris' city centre to "put pressure on the government" before a key meeting with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe next week.

The plans would revoke a special status that allows rail drivers to retain jobs and other benefits for life.

The government says the changes aim at preparing to open the train network to competition in the coming years.

Meanwhile, Air France crews and ground staff were on their 12th day of striking over pay. About 15 per cent of flights were cancelled Thursday.

Both strikes will continue Friday.

News from © The Associated Press, 2018
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