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Problems for Macron: French unions call for national railway strikes on July 6

A nationwide strike by railway workers has been called jointly by the French unions Sud Rail, CGT and CFDT. Unions on Friday demanded that their wages be increased amid rising inflation, Reuters reported.

In a joint statement, the unions said that “along with workers in France and Europe, railway workers are being hit hard by the explosion of inflation; we must act to obtain wage increases”.

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With the cost of living rising, many other workers in sectors like oil, airports, airlines and trucking are calling for wage increases and strikes.

The railway workers of France join these workers in an attempt to meet their demands.

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After French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party lost control of parliament in last Sunday’s election, social unrest is putting added pressure on him and his government amid an existing political crisis.

So far, Macron’s opposition has declined offers of any form of coalition or pact with his party.

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On Friday, French workers at TotalEnergies oil refineries also went on strike.

TotalEnergies said it has taken steps to ensure that its network of service stations and its customers are sufficiently supplied throughout the weekend.

(With agency contributions)

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