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French govt gets out chequebook to diffuse disputes

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>> The French president forced to get out the checkbook on Tuesday to try to diffuse a wave of strikes in protests over labor reforms. The movement is being led by the hardline CGT Union, unhappy with changes which make hiring and firing easier. The SNCF holding a train strike from 5:00 PM GMT on Tuesday wIth disruptions threatening to bring the country's public transport system to a standstill, just as the Euro football tournament gets set to kick off next week.
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The Socialist government announcing a pay rise for school teachers on Tuesday, promising to speed up talks to reorganize the nation's railways and restoring slashed funding for research. Reuters' Ingrid Miranda explains their game plan.>> So what they're trying to do is to put out out all the little fires that are happening here and there to try and make sure this doesn't all get together into a big social protest movement.
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And as well as on what the government is doing, it depends on the CGT union itself. It is quite difficult for people to go on strike for a long time, or to protest very regularly. There's been already eight days of national protests. So it really depends also a lot on how much the CGT can mobilize its troops.
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>> President Francois Hollande insisting he'll not back down on the main reform proposals.>> One problem for the CGT union that's leading the strikes is that a lot of people, grass roots members of the union, are really quite really very angry with the reforms, very angry with what the government has done.
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So even if at the top they would be willing to find some sort of deal, it's not entirely sure where the grassroots union members would actually agree to that and then would stop the protest.>> 1.5 million visitors are expected to arrive in France for the football tournament, on top of the 1 million French fans heading to the stadiums.
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With pilots and air traffic controllers saying that they are also ready to strike, finding a solution is becoming ever more urgent.