Strike by French airport workers to demand higher wages amid inflation


Flights from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris and other French airports were disrupted on Friday as airport workers staged a strike and protests demanding pay rises to keep up with inflation.

Industrial action is the latest issue to hit global airports this summer as travel resumes after two years of virus restrictions.

French airports have been largely spared the chaos seen recently in London, Amsterdam and some other European and American cities. But on Friday, strikers sought to draw attention to the pain of inflation with a walkout on the first big day of France’s summer travel season.

France’s civil aviation authority said 17% of scheduled flights from Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports in Paris were canceled between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, mostly short-haul flights.

Demonstrations were planned at both airports and the Paris airport authority warned of potential delays in accessing terminals and check-in, passport control and security posts.

Unions have said the strike could last until Sunday.

Paris airport employees are demanding a 6% raise retroactive to January 1, while management is offering 3%, according to French media. Firefighters at Charles de Gaulle airport are also on strike with specific wage demands, forcing the airport to close certain runways.

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