France: National strike hits France again

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France is seeing its third day of national stoppages within the last month as unions express their opposition to the government’s pension reform programme.
With the retirement and state pension ages due to be increased by 2 years to 62 and 67 respectively, air traffic into and out of France will be severely affected while public transport and energy workers are due to vote on open-ended strikes.
One of the Unions’ principal concerns is the increased requirement to make 41.5 years of contributions to qualify for the state pension, which they feel will penalise women, part-timers and people who have been unemployed.

Source: bbc.co.uk/12.10.2010