Paris airports announce strike ahead of 2024 Olympics Paris airports announce strike ahead of 2024 Olympics

Paris airports announce strike ahead of 2024 Olympics

Paris airports announce strike ahead of 2024 Olympics

French airport workers have called for a strike a week before the start of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games later this month.

Unions representing workers at Paris Airports Group, which runs the French capital's Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports, announced Monday they plan to strike on July 17 to increase pressure on management to meet demands related to wages and working conditions.

The unions are demanding a special bonus and additional resources for all airport employees, for work during the Olympic Games period from July 26 to August 11 , which will be accompanied by a significant increase in passenger traffic through airports.

Unions at the state-controlled ADP group, which runs Paris' main airports Charles de Gaulle and Orly, had previously called for a strike on May 19, which did not cause major disruption.

The two airports will be France's main gateway for foreign visitors to the Olympics, with up to 350,000 people expected to pass through there daily during the Games, in addition to most of the athletes and their equipment.

Thousands of athletes are expected to start arriving from July 18, when the Olympic Village opens, with a new temporary large luggage terminal at Charles de Gaulle to handle equipment such as kayaks, bikes or pole vaults.

Unions representing public sector workers in France have demanded higher wages or support to work during the Paris Olympics from July 26 to August 11. 

Police, air traffic controllers, garbage collectors, central government employees, metro and train drivers, as well as firefighters have made their demands, with employers pressed to comply to avoid disruption.

Workers at the national mint, which produces the medals, also went on strike, but management says production has not been affected.

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