From British daily The Morning Star:
France faces new wave of workers’ protests
(Thursday 05 March 2009)
The protests on the Indian Ocean island, which is also an overseas department of France, present the French government with a new challenge, coming just as union leaders on Guadeloupe agreed to suspend a 44-day-old general strike.
The Collective Against Exploitation, which has been leading workers’ protests on Guadeloupe, warned that it would resume the strike if government officials and bosses renege on their promises, which include lowering petrol prices and raising the wages of the lowest paid by €200 (£178) a month. Protests and a month-long strike on Martinique are continuing.
On Reunion, demonstrators presented French authorities with a list of 62 demands that will be negotiated with the government.
Reunion union leader Ivan Hoareau said: “We will lean on the victory in the Antilles to satisfy the biggest number of our grievances.”
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