The first juillettists took off without a hitch. The strike against wage cuts for employees of the Aéroports de Paris (ADP) group, manager of the Paris airports of Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly, continued on Saturday July 3 after flight delays the day before. The mobilization of the demonstrators, supervised by the police, however, did not have an impact on air traffic on Saturday, noted an AFP journalist. No disruption was recorded, said an airport source. “Our effort will aim to ensure that the planes are delayed at the most”, assured Augustin de Romanet, CEO of Groupe ADP.
During the morning of Saturday, a hundred employees marched in peace in the parking lots of terminal 2E in Roissy, to the sound of a fanfare and closely supervised by police officers. They were waiting to be joined by another hundred demonstrators gathered elsewhere. Several of them were, however, fined for “obstructing the operation of the airport” and “unjustified presence at the airport”, following a prefectural decree. They were fined 135 euros.
Three unions – Unsa, CGT and CFE-CGC – are calling for a strike until Monday to obtain the withdrawal of an adaptation plan for employment contracts (PACT), which provides for a reduction or elimination of bonuses. In case of refusal, employees risk dismissal. The members of the management “make us look like privileged. I have 1,680 euros of basic salary, so the bonuses are our salary”, explained Yoan S., who refuses to lose until “300 euros” per month. In Orly, negotiations between management and the unions were suspended and must resume Monday.
On the rails, travelers feared disruptions at the start of the week but Unsa-Ferroviaire, CFDT Cheminots and Sud Rail ended up lifting their notice of strike on July 3 and 4 after an agreement with the management of Ouigo, announced Thursday in early afternoon the unions. They had deposited “several strike notices” to ask for more “reconnaissance“for employees and denounced “degraded working conditions”.