independent

Friday 18 April 2014

French pension strike fizzles out

French workers demonstrate iin Marseille over government pension reforms (AP)

A nationwide strike against the French government's plan to plug a 20-billion-euro hole in the country's pension system has passed quietly.

The strike called by four unions against the Socialist government's proposed reform had almost no impact on traffic across France's rail, bus and subway systems or other public services. That is a sharp contrast to the sometimes violent protests that erupted the last time a French government attempted to reform its retirement system.

Demonstrations in Paris and 180 other towns and cities were taking place, but with some moderate unions declining to participate, mobilisation withered.

The French plan would gradually extend the number of years employees must pay contributions to claim a full pension, from 41.5 years now to 43 years in 2035.

Press Association

Also in this Section

Classifieds

CarsIreland

Independent Shopping.ie

Meet, chat and connect with
singles in your area

Independent Shopping.ie

Meet Singles Now

Findajob

Apps

Now available on

Independent.ie on Twitter

More

Most Read

Independent Gallery

Your photos

Send us your weather photos promo

Celebrity News