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Major strike announced for Thursday, 29 January...

Major strike announced for Thursday, 29 January...

Old Jan 22, 09, 3:45 am
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Major strike announced for Thursday, 29 January...

This could be a difficult day re transportation and services:

Most unions at SNCF (trains) and RATP (trains/metro/buses for the Greater Paris area) are calling for strike on Thursday 29 January.
There is also a call for strike at Air France, and airport traffic controllers will certainly follow as well.

Other sectors impacted could be hospitals, banks, post offices, schools, truck drivers, public television, pensioneers, and even the Stock Exchange!

This also means that demonstrations will be organized in all major cities.


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Old Jan 23, 09, 9:42 am
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Joelle, thanks for the very important heads up. We are to fly from CDG on Thursday. We have contacted UA, in both the States and in Europe. Both call centers know nothing about the strike, and will only move us to an alternate day if we pay a considerable service fee. It's frustrating, as we have no interest in becoming 2 of several hundred UA passengers to be reaccomodated on Thursday.
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Old Jan 26, 09, 6:26 am
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Airports will also be affected by this strike on Jan. 29 : it could be air traffic controllers, police or customs officers, or luggage handlers...
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Old Jan 27, 09, 6:15 am
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Thankfully I'm not in France now, but will be arriving Saturday. I hope this is a "routine" strike and not one that would interrupt the weekend of les grevistes.
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Given the effort by the government to irate the public opinions with stupid declarations about how the strike won't affect nothing, I fully expect the strike to be huge and problematic.
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And I add that the French civil aviation authority asked airlines to reduce their schedule by 10% at CDG and 30% at ORY. Plus, you will encounter trouble with RER train, so you'd better take a taxi.
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Old Jan 27, 09, 1:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Joelle View Post
This could be a difficult day re transportation and services:

Most unions at SNCF (trains) and RATP (trains/metro/buses for the Greater Paris area) are calling for strike on Thursday 29 January.
There is also a call for strike at Air France, and airport traffic controllers will certainly follow as well.

Other sectors impacted could be hospitals, banks, post offices, schools, truck drivers, public television, pensioneers, and even the Stock Exchange!

This also means that demonstrations will be organized in all major cities.


FYI.
So, what, no one available to greet you as you enter Wal*Mart?
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Old Jan 27, 09, 1:49 pm
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So, what, no one available to greet you as you enter Wal*Mart?
That's one pleasure that has yet to reach France's shores... but if it ever does, you can probably count on there being a strike because of it.
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Old Jan 27, 09, 1:57 pm
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That's one pleasure that has yet to reach France's shores... but if it ever does, you can probably count on there being a strike because of it.
We have Carrefour in France and they will never go on strike.
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Old Jan 28, 09, 8:21 am
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We have Carrefour in France and they will never go on strike.

If they ever go on strike one day, this will mean a real revolution!!!!!
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Old Jan 28, 09, 9:33 am
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But fortunately, we don't have greeters. I think the poster above was refering to them, not to walmart.

(unless using retiree as greeters are a walmart-only thing? I don't shop there often, obviously).
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Old Jan 28, 09, 10:17 am
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If they ever go on strike one day, this will mean a real revolution!!!!!
Agreed. Carrefour is probably the most profit-oriented company in France.
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Old Jan 28, 09, 2:18 pm
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Originally Posted by Richelieu View Post
But fortunately, we don't have greeters. I think the poster above was refering to them, not to walmart.

(unless using retiree as greeters are a walmart-only thing? I don't shop there often, obviously).
Wal*Mart uses a variety of employees as greeters. The most common is a retiree.
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Old Jan 28, 09, 4:22 pm
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rail traffic situation tomorrow

Prévisions du trafic SNCF

TGV: 60% en moyenne des trains circuleront

TGV Est: normal

TGV Nord: 65%

TGV Atlantique et Sud-Est: 50%

Aucun TGV province-province

ALLEO Paris Gare de l'Est vers Stuttgart et Francfort: normal

LYRIA Paris-Gare de l'Est Bâle Zurich: 35%

Paris-Gare de Lyon vers Lausanne, Berne et Genève: 50%

EUROSTAR Paris Nord-Londres: normal

THALYS Paris-Bruxelles Amsterdam Cologne: normal

ARTESIA Paris-Turin-Milan: 50%

CORAIL (national): 30%

CORAIL INTERCITES (interrégional): 40%
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Old Jan 28, 09, 4:23 pm
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expected airport situation tomorrow

Les compagnies aériennes vont annuler 30% de leurs vols au départ ou à l'arrivée à Orly, et 10% à Roissy, selon l'aviation civile.

airlines will cancel 30% of flights (arrival AND departure) at ORY and 10% at CDG.
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