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Latest Updates on Fight to Protect Collective Bargaining Deals

Friday 17 July 2015

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We won’t give an inch!

[Fuller information available in French.]

Thursday July 16

3:30 pm, Paris time
The strike at AFP was suspended after a general assembly,. where the unions called on staff to remobilise in September.

Wednesday, July 10

Time running out for CEO to turn back: Strike Resumes.
New statement from the joint CGT, FO, SUD and CGC trade unions

Friday, July 10

The joint CGT, FO, SUD and CGC trade unions, announce a "pause" of the strike from the end of the staff assembly held on Friday. The strike will resume on Wednesday July 15 at 2:30 pm (1230 GMT) , with a new staff assembly.
Read the joint statement by the four unions

Thursday, July 9

Strike renewed for a fourth day by a large majority, as called for by the CGT, FO, SUD and CFE-CGC union groupings.

CEO refuses to back down, the strike continues. Joint statement by the four unions following the general assembly (PDF)

"Suspend the strike pending new talks with management" : statement by the SNJ journalists’ union (French only). The CFDT union also called for the strike to be suspended.

Statement from AFP management, after meeting with unions (PDF, French only)
When asked "Are you willing to withdraw your decision to denounce our collective bargaining agreements from the agenda of the July 16 works committee meeting", the CEO clearly answered "No".

Wednesday July 8

All trade unions support extending strike
Wednesday’s staff assembly saw an improved turnout and all six unions at AFP supported continuing the strike (CFDT, CFE-CGC, CGT, FO, SNJ and SUD) launched on July 7.

Tuesday July 7

17:44 Note from Paris picture desk:

Due to a 24h strike that began in Paris at 12h30 GMT today, the validation of pictures from the desk here in Paris is seriously impacted. A new staff assembly is called for tomorrow 12h30 GMT to decide whether or not to continue the strike.
Paris Photodesk

Joint statement from the CGT, FO, SUD and CFE-CGC trade unions at AFP:

Record turn-out for staff general assembly - widespread support for strike

The staff general assembly convened by the CGT, FO, SUD and CFE-CGC unions this Tuesday saw a record turn-out, with some 250 participants. The strike motion was given overwhelming support on a show of hands, with only seven votes against.
In AFP’s regional bureaus across France, a total of 68 people took part in the vote, with 52 for the strike, 12 against and four abstentions.

Background documents in English