So Tuesday night ther was a poster at the school gate, the replacement teacher for the class of my elder two girls is going on strike tomorrow. Chaos ensued. The girls and many others are booked into the canteen. The canteen people say it can't be cancelled and won't be reimbursed. The teacher asks for the kids to be kept off school (with less than 2 days notice). Parents are quite rightly put out. Its the only class in the school with the teacher striking. We are very grateful that the rest of our teachers don't tend to go on strike.
The mairie have a wonderful lady who organises all the things to do with the school and the CAF, she spent all of Tues night telephoning all the parents of the people in the classes GS/CP to ask what they want to do and to let them know that actually the mairie will reimburse the meal if the parents can not put their children in school tomorrow. She called me at 9.20pm and still had others on her list. The impact of the strike on the families in the village is wide and everyone is grumpily talking about it and the lack of notice.
The same evening I found out that 1000's of taxi drivers are planning on blocking Toulouse Airport from Sunday to Tuesday - my hubby flies on the 645 to London so we've had to change his flight to Sunday night from a different airport away from Toulouse and the return flight too or else his car will be in the wrong place. Besides the expense of booking last minute flights from a different airport and incuring car parking (which is already pre-paid at Toulouse) there is the lost evening on Sunday where he'll be back in London and the girls will be grumpy at Daddy having gone a day early. When he's only back for 2 days they count this as quality time. So taxi drivers are currently not on my christmas list.
I've seen Ryanair have cancelled flights tomorrow, trains are cancelled, trams and buses, some colleges and schools closed. There is more to come I'm sure. How have the strikes affected you?
I've heard people say strikes are a successful way to pressurise government into protecting workers rights...I say they really put a lot of the rest of us in the merde and cost us money besides the impact on the economy. Without turning into a political discussion (I'm not in the mood for politics to be honest - no energy at the moment...)but please do feel free to share how the strikes are affecting you and if you see any sites showing updates of whats affected....share here!