Mass protests cause disruptions at French ports
Since early this week, mass protests by union workers have slowed most of France’s transportation hubs to a near halt. Initially started as a strike by tugboat employees, the protests have ballooned into an unlimited walkout at all French ports causing disruptions across the supply chain.
In addition to maritime delays, strike actions have also impacted rail and road capacity and could cause further delays. The extent and cost of the delays is still yet to be seen.
The protests are in response to pension reforms proposed by recently elected Prime Minister Edouard Philippe. Philippe is proposing merging France’s 42 separate pension schemes into one system, which protesters argue requires people to work for longer.
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