Coordinated French Labor Strike Will Likely Disrupt Supply Chains

Port blockages and mass strikes are expected due to a dispute between the French government and the General Confederation of Labour (CGT.)

Union CGT said that they have already coordinated with other unions to hold a protest on Thursday against the French Government’s alleged “disastrous government decisions” and an insufficient COVID-19 stimulus package. 

“The CGT, FSU, Solidaires, UNEF, UNL, MNL, and FIDL are proposing action that will occur in workplaces across regions on 4 February, with all sectors converging for a general strike across the country,” said the CGT.

Logistics UK said they were made aware of the mass protests scheduled for Thursday.

The said protests are expected to affect freight services this coming weekend when new driving restrictions for vehicles over 7.5 tonnes will go into effect.

Due to post-Brexit restrictions and the COVID-19, there are already backlogs and blockages in the Dover port which could be further worsened by mass protests.

Any more blockages could cause further negative effects on the logistics chain of France and the UK which are currently experiencing food and supply shortages. 

Last year, the CGT called for a 72-hour walk-out and paralyzed the ports of Calais, Dunkirk, Le Havre, Rouen, Nantes-Saint-Nazaire, La Rochelle and Marseille.

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