France: Postal counter staff strike in Le Havre

Counter services in Le Havre and the surrounding regions were severely affected by a one-day walkout last Tuesday by postal counter staff.

Submitted by jef costello on April 14, 2007

Only one post office remained open in the town and only 2 out of 14 in the surrounding areas. According to the management only 24% of workers participated, if this is true the workers managed to create an effect greater than their numbers might have suggested. The strike was called by three unions: FO, SUD and CGT.

Workers were protesting at the national decision to limit CDD (permanent) contracts to an absolute minimum. Not only are the management trying to avoid hiring workers with the expensive rights that come with permanent contracts, they are also leaving post offices severely understaffed.