French strike 'threatens UK supply chain continuity'

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
6 September 2017

Hauliers have warned of a “threat to supply chain continuity” from a French strike scheduled for 12 September.

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) said the strike could “bring ports and airports to a halt and would undoubtedly delay the free passage of goods and services across the Channel between the UK and continental Europe”.

The strike has been called by the CGT union over president Emmanuel Macron’s labour reforms, which aim to make the labour market more flexible in the face of high unemployment.

James Hookham, deputy chief executive of the FTA, said: “Our members will be doing their utmost to ensure that goods reach their destination on time but the threat to the supply chain is clear.

“This so-called day of action, and the proposed follow-up two weeks later, could shut down vital manufacturing and retail links for UK business at a time when the country’s economy need to maintain buoyancy and confidence.”

Strike action by French ferry workers in 2015 was said to have cost the UK economy £1bn.

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