• France train chaos as labor unrest spreads

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    PARIS: Transport chaos hit France on Wednesday as rail workers downed tools, and a tug-of-war between government and unions showed no sign of abating ahead of the Euro 2016 football tournament. The turmoil was set to drag on Thursday with staff at railway operator SNCF vowing to continue their strike and subway workers and employees at nuclear power stations also planning walkouts. Dozens of trains were cancelled as SNCF workers launched their eighth strike in three months for better pay and working conditions. The strike has piled further pressure on the deeply unpopular Socialist government, which has been besieged by months of protests and work stoppages over a controversial labor reform bill. It has also raised fears of transport chaos during the Euro 2016 football tournament, which kicks off on June 10, with one Air France pilots’ union announcing a strike on June 11.

    AFP

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