From Marketplace Morning Report, “France stages massive labor protest“:
Oliver Griffith is managing director of the American Chamber of Commerce in France. He explains that the French are known for their strikes around the world. That’s not necessarily because they strike more frequently than other Europeans. But, he says, French strikes are more dramatic.
Griffith: The unions are strategically placed in transport industries and education, so when they strike they can wreak havoc with the country.
Business is coming nearly to a halt today because all of the major trade unions are striking — even bank workers, which is rare. But the conservatives say this won’t stop their market reforms.
- International Herald Tribune, “Strikes hobble services in France“
- Bloomberg, “France’s Schools, Ports, Trains Disrupted in General Strike“
- Human Events, “France Strikes Over Lack of ‘Obama Style’ Bailout“
- Sky News, “Chaos Fears For France On Strike“
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