December 12, 2019 / 7:25 AM / 2 months ago

France's CGT union says 'no Christmas break' in transport strike

French labour union members and workers on strike attend a demonstration in Paris as France faces its eighth day of consecutive strikes against French government's pensions reform plans, December 12, 2019. The slogan reads "commute, work, grave". REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s CGT union said on Thursday there would be no break in transport strikes over the Christmas period unless the government backed down on pension reform.

“No Christmas break unless the government comes to its senses”, Laurent Brun, head of CGT’s railway branch, said on French radio Franceinfo.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Wednesday French people needed to work two years longer to get a full pension, drawing a hostile response from trade unions who said they would step up strike action to force an about-turn.

Reporting by Marine Pennetier; Writing by Matthieu Protard

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