French Ports, Railways, Airports, Trucking Face 72 Hour Strike

France’s ports, railways and airports face shutdown as transport unions have started a wave of nationwide strikes  , the Journal of Commerce reports.

The strike started on May 17th and will  last for 72 hours. Truck drivers blockaded several highways, including routes to the port Le Havre, France’s leading container hub, Marseille, the second-ranked box port, and the Channel ports of Dunkirk and Calais. Truckers are also picketing transport depots and oil refineries across the country.

The CGT, France’s largest labor union, is protesting against the government’s planned deregulation of the nation’s rigid labor market. The dockers have voted for a 72-hour strike in most ports and railway workers plan to stage rolling strikes every Wednesday and Thursday through July.

Paris’ two airports, Roissy Charles de Gaulle, Europe’s second-largest cargo hub and Orly also face disruption from today as technicians, engineers and air traffic controllers walk off the job.

Please be guided accordingly.  RCL Agencies will provide more updates once available.