A detailed summary of today's events, include a Cyril Ferez update including demonstration counts, rail blockades and school strikes.
-Demonstrator Cyril Ferez remains in a coma, in a state "between life and death". Various information has been released. Police say that he was drunk, with 2.7grams of alchohol in his sugar. Last night they said he was attacked by demonstrators, this now appears to be a lie - footage now being shown on French news shows three CRS police beating him with truncheons before he falls to the ground.
A two day wildcat strike at the Sena company, Mozambique's largest sugar producer, ended on Friday, with promises by the company of a new wage scale with fewer levels in April.
Allafrica.com reported that the current wage scale has been in force since 2002, the year when the company's sugar mill, at Marromeu on the south bank of the Zambezi, reopened. No sugar had been produced there since 1986, when the apartheid-backed Renamo rebels destroyed the mill.
Trade unions and students' organisations have named Tuesday 28th March as a nationwide day of strikes and protests.
Meanwhile a French postal worker remains in a serious condition in hospital after Saturdays demonstration where we understand he was trampled by CRS riot police.
One of the main hospitals in the south of the country was disrupted yesterday as security workers went on strike in protest at being replaced by lower-paid staff.
Ireland online reported that the picket outside the Waterford Regional Hospital affected admissions and resulted in planned procedures being cancelled.
The union, SIPTU, said the security workers at the hospital were picketing because their employer, a private company, Sentry Security, lost its contract at the facility.
Unions are meeting Monday at 5pm local time to decide whether to call for a general strike.
Unions represented will include the powerful CGT General Labour Confederation), the FO, CFDT, Solidaires, the students union UNEF, and the UNL. They will meet in the late afternoon at the Rue des Ecluses, Saint-Martin in the 10th arrondissement (district) of Paris.
A student from Censier university reports on the occupation and strike there which has been going for two weeks.
The account includes efforts made to spread the struggle to workers and academic staff at Censier, and outside the university.
Inside the occupation movement: ‘Together we are recreating our university’
We've had reports that a general strike against the CPE employment law is being organised for next week.
The Herald News Daily reported:
Tuesday 28th March could see strike action by one and a half million workers across more than nine different unions. The strike has been provoked by an attack on the local government pension scheme, with the labour government planning to increase the age workers can retire at.
With this attack workers will lose the right to retire at 60 – a right that had been established for those with more than 25 years service. Many of these are low paid workers who statistically die earlier.
45 universities shut down in protest at the new CPE employment law.
Rough translation from Liberation:
At this moment, 11 campuses are blocked and 26 other universities "disturbed to varying degrees", according to the figures provided yesterday by the Ministry for National Education. UNEF, the national students union disagrees: it says that 45 of the 84 French universities are currently on strike.