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Rolling strikes on Paris transport

Services disrupted for an indefinite period from Monday night as unions call rolling strike against pension reforms

PUBLIC transport users in Paris are facing severe disruption next week, with unions announcing a rolling strike from Monday night.

The CGT, which is the biggest union in the Paris public transport body RATP, has announced that its members will stop work at 22.30 on Monday, October 11 for an indefinite period.

The strike is supported by two other unions: Force Ouvrière and Sud-RATP, and coincides with a national day of industrial action on October 12 against the government’s pension reforms.

Rail unions will meet tomorrow to discuss the possibility of a longer strike than the 24-hour one initially planned.

CGT-Cheminots secretary general Didier Le Reste said some local branches of the SNCF had already voted for rolling strikes.

The Senate is due to start examining the retirement reform law this afternoon. Almost 1,200 amendments have been put forward, mostly by opposition parties.

The government says some concessions are possible, but the key measures - including pushing the legal retirement age from 60 to 62 by 2018 - are untouchable.

Three million people took part in street protests around France on Saturday against the reforms, according to unions. Police estimate the turnout at about 900,000.

More details on the October 12 strike will emerge on Friday, when eight major trade unions will meet to discuss their move.

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