my daughter is coming home from paris on the 22nd of December. She emailed me that all the workers at CDG are going on strike on the 21st of December. She is obviously quite anxious. Does anyone know anything about this? Is this true?
Which "workers" at CDG was she referring to?
Passenger Service Agents?
Air Traffic Control? (Just kidding!)
(Just to name a few..?)
Knowing which workers are threatening to take action might help to give us a better idea of how this action may affect our travel through CDG.
So far I have heard nothing about it. But that is not to say that it isn't a possibility.
Unions want to go on strike during the busiest travel periods to have maximum effect. The next few weeks are prime time to do just that!
Hope it all works out!
Perhaps your daughter should be proactive, and try to get her plane reservations changed to London or Brussels. It may cost her a couple of hundred dollars in change fees plus rail tickets but at least she'll be home for the holidays.
Changing your flight plans would be one idea but if you do that, make sure the rumblings of a strike or even "rotating strike" don't affect those Airports as well. That is a possibility/concern, especially if the strike is Airline specific.
Strikes definately are a major inconvenience to Travellers but the main goal of any strike action is not to stop travel but rather to slow it down and cause major delays and inconveniences.
So remind her to pack her patience if she is in fact affected by Strike action!
Check for regular updates. Check not only the Airlines' website and Departure info Line but the Airport's main website as well. Also listen to the Airport Travellers radio station for updates. The number is probably posted in any hotel room's directory or maybe even the telephone directory. The number is posted on main Billboards along major routes to the Airport/CDG.
thanks for all your replies. My daughter says ALL workers at the airport ( baggage handlers, counter workers,etc) are going on strike. Again, any advice would be appreciated. She has been there since August and is ready to come home!
I too heard the same info from my daughter who is studying abroad. She told me it was the baggage handlers.
Loved Paris - but she has had enough of transit strikes, Sorbonne strikes, etc.
Any advice would also be appreciated!
Just to clarify -
There are two potential airline / ground crew strikes that are planned for the day of December 20th.
An Air France union voted for the strike - should only be one day as a protest over pay negotiations.
The other is the union covering ground staff at Roissy, Orly, Strasbourg, Marseilles, Mulhouse, Nantes and Toulouse. This strike has not been voted on as of today (10 Dec). Most likely should this occur would mean delays and possible cancellations - but again this is not a certainty of strike at the moment.
Jona - I would love to find out your source of information. Looking on the web has not been successful and the airlines were no help. Do you have a link to a website?
Additional articles -
Reuters offers the following:
Typically there can be little news until the few days before - as the strike may be called off.
Given your daughter is traveling on the 22nd - it would seem all should be fine - there is no indication that should the strike occur that it would last more than a day.
look at the other thread on strike updates, several links posted there on the latest news on transit strike and Orly/Air France strikes.
Where is this other thread concerning the strike updates? I have been unsuccessful in finding it.
I am getting my information directly here in Paris - www.france2.fr if you speak French. Also - Le Parisien (french news paper) et Le Metro had specific articles regarding the strike.
As I am local - I at times look on the web - but it can often be riddled with a bit of contradicting information.
Just enter "strike" in the search box, and read all the news. Here is one of them: http://www.ricksteves.com/graffiti/helpline/index.cfm?topic=8355
But the latest I hear is that SNCF is chosing not to strike next week.
Air France may still be striking at Orly, along with ground crews. There has never been any strikes mentioned at CDG.
Air France strike is official for the 20th at Orly and the ground handling personnel at CDG. Also at, Strasbourg, Marseille, Mulhouse, Nantes and Toulouse.
Tel number in France for latest info on the strike for Air France is 0 800 240 260
Great, is that all ground handling personnel at the whole airport or just for airfrance? What advice should i give my daughter beside getting to the airport extra early?
As of this morning there is no new information from the initial reports. Last information was indicating ORY airport on the 20th and Air France only - with ground crew (baggage handling).
I would venture to think that your daughter if impacted at all will be minimal. As always, she should check flight status with her airline.
Have a good holiday.