French port employers and dock leaders are holding talks in a bid to avert a fresh round of strikes at major ports later in the week.
The CGT union on Monday called for 24 hour strikes by dockers on Jan. 21 and 23, and a 24-hour stoppage by other port personnel on Jan. 22 and 23.
These strikes, which would close down Le Havre and Marseilles, the country’s two largest container ports, follow a series of 24-hour stoppages since the beginning of the year.
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Previous negotiations failed over working conditions for container crane operators and maintenance workers being transferred from port authority payrolls to private stevedores under the government’s 2008 port reform program.
Unions also are protesting government reform of pensions.
Leading ocean container carriers have warned shippers to prepare for four days of disruption at key ports including Le Havre and Dunkirk.
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