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France Takes 24-Hour Strike by Public Workers in Stride
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Oct 22, 1986
Start Page: 15
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

The unions called out more than 5 million public workers, from air controllers to school cooks, in the strike, aimed at protesting the government's plans to reduce its public work force and freeze many public salaries. It was the first such strike called by all the major unions since [Jacques Chirac] and his conservative coalition won the French parliamentary elections last March 16.

While the main unions-the Communist General Confederation of Labor (CGT), the Socialist-influenced Democratic French Confederation of Labor (CFDT) and the centrist Force Ouvriere (FO)-joined in calling for a strike, they could not get together on a joint demonstration in Paris. All the unions paraded separately in the city during the day.

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