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No shop disruption by lorry drivers

Food and presents will make it on to shelves in time for Christmas, as lorry drivers drop threat to blockade depots

CHRISTMAS deliveries of food and gifts to shops will not be disrupted after lorry drivers reached a deal on pay and agreed to cancel their strike.

About half a million drivers working for distribution giant TLF were planning to block access to supermarket and hypermarket depots from last night, preventing items getting on to the shelves in time for the holidays.
Commerce minister Hervé Novelli said that disrupting shops' distribution networks so close to Christmas would be "intolerable" in the current economic climate.

Unions wanted a 4% pay rise to make up for two years of frozen salaries, but they reached a compromise of 3.6% on Friday.
The deal will be extended to the whole distribution sector in the New Year in exchange for a discount in social charges for the companies involved.
The scheme will cost the government €100m - a figure it said was worth it compared with the cost of disruption to the economy during the peak Christmas sales period.

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