The main air traffic controller’s union of France, General Directorate of Civil Aviation in France is on strike until tomorrow in response to President Emmanuel Macron’s September labor decree, which makes it easier for firms to hire and fire and diminishes worker's collective bargaining power.
The aviation strike has resulted in a 30 percent cancellation of flights scheduled in and out of France.
In addition to the air traffic strikes, 130 marches are taking place around France, and several metro stations and bus lines in Paris are not running today in joint protest to Macron’s labor decree. Union leaders say they “profoundly disagree” with the government’s measures. The Cronica says that other protests and strikes are anticipated in high schools, hospitals and the transportation sector soon.
The strike, which began Monday night and ends tomorrow morning, Oct. 11, has grounded approximately 100,000 passengers. Forty thousand of these stranded passengers were set to Ryanair, which had to cut about 220 flights that would have either begun, ended or traveled through French airports or airspace. Their flights from Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Edinburgh to France and Spain have nearly all been canceled.
British Airways canceled 62 flights in and out of Gatwick and Heathrow airports that regularly make connections in France, because of the airport controller strike.
According to the Independent, the organization, Airlines for Europe said that this is the seventh time since 2005 that French air traffic controllers have gone on strike.