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Latest update : 2010-10-08

French trade unions at loggerheads with the government over pension reform have called for a further day of protests on October 16, in addition to the protests and strikes called for next Tuesday.

AFP - French unions said Friday they will call another day of popular protests against pension reform on October 16, with indefinitely renewable nationwide strikes against the measure to begin next week.

The decision was taken at a meeting of France's eight main unions and will mark the second day of weekend protests against President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62.

"Unions' determination to act against this unfair reform remains intact," the unions said in a statement.

Workers at state rail company SNCF and the Paris public transport system as well as the gas and electricity sectors are all to go on strike on Tuesday, the fourth day of action in just over a month.

Demonstrators took to the streets during two days of protest in September and a third on October 2.

Date created : 2010-10-08

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