Support dwindles for French transit strike

first_imgThe reform is one piece of Sarkozy’s broader plans to change the way the French work, and one that enjoys support from most voters. Others, such as changes to hospital staffing and public sector job cuts, are more sensitive. “The government’s strategy is both firm about the goal of reforming special regimes, and open – with a hand extended – to dialogue with electricians, gas industry workers, railway workers and public transport workers,” Sarkozy said. “I’m committed to this reform, and we’ll do it,” he told reporters in Lisbon, Portugal, at the end of a two-day European Union summit. For strike opponents, those pension protections are outdated in a world of globalized competition. Advocates say the strike is a crucial message to defend public services from Sarkozy’s planned cost-cutting. Commuters got around in Paris by the city’s new rent-a-bike system, roller-blades, motorcycle taxis or by borrowing their children’s scooters. Those who gambled on the threadbare public transport grumbled about missing appointments.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.More trains, buses and subways were running Friday than on the first strike day, and polls indicated only limited public support for the strikes. The country’s biggest strikes in 12 years have sent their message – that President Nicolas Sarkozy’s attempt to trim coveted worker protections in France’s economy will not be easy. But unity among organized labor’s ranks splintered, with several unions putting off a decision about whether to press on with wide-scale walkouts until next week. Authorities said Paris bus service and train traffic across France would be virtually back to normal today. The labor dispute centers on Sarkozy’s plans to scrap retirement privileges for workers in physically demanding jobs, such as miners and train drivers, but also for workers at the state bank and national opera house. They are able to retire earlier – and on more generous terms – than the vast majority of France’s working population. The government says the privileges cost too much and are unfair; workers fearing unemployment lines resist any erosion of the labor protections that have long underpinned France’s economy. PARIS: Labor dispute centers on President Sarkozy’s plan to dump retirement for bus, train workers. By Jamey Keaten THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PARIS – Support for striking transport workers faltered Friday, with some unions returning to work on the second day of a protest against government plans to scrap some retirement benefits and commuters grumbling about delays and crowded platforms. last_img read more


first_imgA businesswoman cheated serious injury after a stray bullet shattered a window at her countryside home.The shattered glass at Ms Barnett’s Dunfanaghy home.Gillian Barnett was sitting watching television at her picturesque Co Donegal home when she heard a massive bang.When she went to investigate, she found a large window at her Dunfanaghy home had been shattered. Even more worrying for Ms Barnett was that the window was made from 2.3cm toughened glass.The reinforced glass was put in to protect the building from strong Atlantic weather conditions and it cost €1,300 to replace.Ms Barnett said she suspects the window was shattered by a stray bullet – possibly from someone out hunting.She admits that she is very lucky saying she could have been struck by a bullet under different circumstances. She told the People’s Press “I’m lucky I wasn’t out getting a bucket of coal or something like that and I’m lucky I had this toughened glass and not just ordinary glass.“There was a very definite loud bang and then it all began to shatter. It just started to go.“I was in the living room when it happened. I saw it and it scared the life out of me. I think it was lucky that it hit my window and not somebody else’s.”Ms Barnett said she feels the incident may not be malicious.But she wants to send out the message that people need to be careful when out shooting or lamping. Workmen needed a sledgehammer and crowbar to take out the remaining glass, emphasising how tough the glass was.“I’m glad it was toughened glass or otherwise it might have come straight through,” she said.She added that she would like people to be aware of the dangers of stray bullets.“In this area it is common place for lamping. I just want the people who do this as a hobby to be aware of what can happen. “Nobody was hurt this time, which is important and I’m glad I wasn’t a neighbour’s window,” she added.Gardai have confirmed that an investigation has ben carried out into the incident.However, the evidence has so far proved inconclusive.WOMAN CHEATS INJURY AFTER BULLET SHATTERS WINDOW was last modified: January 26th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bullet. GardaidonegalDunfanaghyGillian BarnettWINDOWlast_img read more