French trade unions staged their second 24-hour strike in a month Thursday against President Nicolas Sarkozy's unpopular pension reform, with unions and the government giving wildly different figures for the number of protesters who turned out.
A French strike explainer
A strike, which is protected in France by the Constitution of 1946, is a collective and planned interruption of work by employees seeking to express a professional grievance.
Every employee can go on strike. However, the employer can deduct money from the employee's monthly salary in accordance with the duration of the strike.
1/30th of the employee's monthly salary is deducted for every strike, even if the strike lasts less than one day, eg, even if a worker strikes for just two hours they will loose a day's salary. For hospital workers and employees of regional administrative structures, deductions are strictly proportional to the length of the strike
Employees in certain professions do not have the right to go on strike (police, anti-riot forces, military personnel). Certain professions must provide a minimum service even during strikes (hospital workers, air transport employees).
Date created : 2010-09-23