I principali sindacati francesi chiamano in piazza i dipendenti statali per lo sciopero di oggi indetto contro le riforme adottate dal governo che peraltro comportano pesanti tagli al personale della pubblica amministrazione. I nove sindacati contestano il congelamento dei salari e la cancellazione della copertura salariale completa in caso di malattia e congedo fin dal primo giorno. Ma a preoccupare le sigle confederate è anche la politica di riduzione degli statali annunciata dal presidente francese Emmanuel Macron già in campagna elettorale: 120 mila persone in meno nell’arco del suo mandato quinquennale. Lo sciopero dovrebbe coinvolgere in particolare il settore della scuola e dei trasporti. Si tratta dell’ennesima manifestazione di protesta contro le riforme del governo, la più importante quella che ha riguardato il lavoro entrata in vigire il 22 settembre. Si tratta di una delle misure più controverse dell’era Macron che è invisa a quanti ritengono che abbia diminuito i diritti dei lavoratori e resi più facili i licenziamenti.

Major labor unions in France call on the country’s public service employees to join Tuesday's strike against the reforms adopted by the government, including cuts in personnel of public sector institutions. A total of nine French labor unions, including French Democratic Confederation of Labour (CFDT), French Confederation of Management – General Confederation of Executives (CFE-CGC), General Confederation of Labour (CGT), Workers' Force (FO) and National Union of Autonomous Unions (UNSA), have called a strike of the French public service workers to renounce a range of "negative measures" adopted by the government. The most notable of these measures are the wages freeze and cancellation of the fully paid first day of sick-leave. One of the key concerns of the trade unions is also an electoral promise of French President Emmanuel Macron to slash the number of public sector employees by 120,000 during his five-year term. He pledged to cut 50,000 jobs in the central administrative body and 70,000 in the regions by 2022. According to the L'Internaute media outlet, the education sector, including schools, colleges and lyceums, and administrations and city halls, as well as the transport sector are the ones, which would be affected most by Tuesday's protests. The National Society of French Railways (SNCF) labor union is also calling for a strike, with no major traffic disruptions anticipated so far. However, France’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation called on airlines to reduce their flights by 30 percent in country’s major airports in Paris, Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Toulouse and others. A range of manifestations hit France starting September, with various labor unions staging strikes against the reforms of Macron’s government. The labor reform, which took into effect on September 22, is one of the most controversial measures of the new government, as it is believed to have weakened workers' rights by making the firing process easier for companies.