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French are at it again, reports FTA

[ May 23, 2016   //   ]

Trouble is again brewing on the roads of France, reports the Freight Transport Association.  

Motorway blockades and protests at fuel refineries have led to dozens of petrol stations near Calais running dry and truck drivers have been struggling to fill their tanks.

FTA warns that the problem is expected to get worse as protests over a new labour market reform bill continue, and this weekend’s half term get-away could turn into a nightmare.

The latest disruption comes 12 months after last summer’s action by striking ferry workers. 

Following last year’s chaos, FTA devised a five-point plan of measures to tackle the issues which included a call for the Port of Calais and Eurotunnel facility to be declared off-limits to any industrial action.

More strikes and protests are planned for tomorrow and Thursday, with disruption expected at ports, airports and on rail lines. Rail workers have announced rolling strikes every Wednesday and Thursday until July.

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