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French ski resort workers to strike from 31 January: Will half-term holidays be affected?

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Two of the biggest unions representing French ski resort workers are planning “unlimited” strike action from 31 January.The dispute is over pension reforms, pay and working conditions.It could cause chaos for skiers looking to get away during the February holiday season, hitting ski resorts in what is one of the busiest times of year for the industry.In France, the holiday season stretches from 4 February to 4 March with hundreds of thousands of people choosing to hit the slopes during this period.Force Ouvrière (FO), which represents ski lift operators, has issued a notice of “indefinite strike” from 31 January.

Confédération Générale du Travail (CGT), which also represents seasonal workers, has put forward an open-ended notice of its intention to strike from this date.This doesn’t necessarily mean that strike action will continue after 31 January, however.

Head of the FO union Eric Becker said in a statement that the current plan is for ski lifts to operate normally on 1 February.But more dates are likely to be added if their demands for better wages and working conditions are not met alongside concerns about pension reforms.

The unions want to put pressure on the government to discuss these issues.Becker told UK newspaper The Times that they had decided to call for a strike during the February holidays “because demands are listened to more during this period.”CGT has called for “especially strong action” during the Ski World Cup taking place in Courchevel and Méribel from 16 to 20 March.Rolling stoppages are expected rather than all ski lifts being closed at once.The industrial action is part of widespread strikes across France in protest of pension reforms and an increase in the retirement age from 62 to 64.Over 1

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