Paris Airport Workers Threaten Strike Ahead of Olympics

Written by Kathrine Frich

Jun.26 - 2024 6:59 PM CET

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Several unions representing workers have announced plans for a strike in early July.

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With the 2024 Summer Olympics just a month away, labor tensions are rising at Paris airports. Several unions representing workers at Groupe ADP, which manages the airports serving Paris, have announced plans for a strike in early July if their demands for financial concessions are not met.

According to 20minutes this move follows a previous strike call in May that did not cause significant disruptions.

Unions Issue Ultimatum Over Olympic Preparations

The unions, including CGT, CFDT, FO, and UNSA, have set a deadline of July 5 for Groupe ADP to respond to their demands.

They are requesting "a uniform and fair bonus for all agents working during the Olympics" and insist that "discriminatory measures must be replaced by a fair approach."

Additionally, the unions are calling for "a hiring plan tailored to each activity and category of personnel," citing a shortage of nearly 1,000 positions needed to handle the increased workload during the Games.

Previous Successful Campaigns for Olympic Bonuses

Despite the high summer travel volumes, with Roissy and Orly airports typically handling around 350,000 passengers daily, Groupe ADP does not expect a significant increase in travelers for the Olympics. However, specific measures have been implemented to accommodate athletes, including dedicated routes and temporary infrastructures.

Workers in other public sectors, such as RATP and SNCF, have successfully secured activity bonuses in preparation for the Olympics, setting a precedent that airport unions hope to follow.