The half-term ski holidays could possibly be ruined for British tourists this yr because the French unions for seasonal and lift staff have announced a strike at the tip of the month which could last until March. The unions have voted to shut ski lifts in a few of the hottest ski resorts within the Alps.
The lift staff’ unions, that are fighting over pensions and higher wages, will start an “unlimited” strike motion on January 31.
Due to this fact, many resorts within the Alps could possibly be hit with walkouts and closures in the course of the half-term period, one in every of the busiest times of the yr for them.
The pinnacle of the lift operators’ branch of the Force Ouvrière union, Eric Becker, explained: “We’ve decided to call for a strike in the course of the February holidays because demands are listened to more during this era.”
Nevertheless, it’s reported that the “unlimited” motion starting at the tip of January won’t mean that ski resort employees will walk out indefinitely, but some “lifts will operate normally from the subsequent day”.
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“We are not looking for to further weaken firms already in difficulty,” Becker added in keeping with AFP.
Rolling stoppages are subsequently expected reasonably than all ski lifts being closed without delay on the primary day of the strike.
The essential staff union, the Confédération Générale du Travail, also announced an “especially strong motion” in the course of the Ski World Cup in Courchevel and Maribel, two very talked-about resorts within the Alps.
This strike motion is ready to happen between March 16 to March 20 but any Britons travelling to the Alps this half-term are advised to talk to their holiday operator or ski resort.
In case the resort is affected by strikes, tourists are beneficial to ascertain if their insurance covers missed ski days resulting from strike motion
The director of the Société des Trois Vallées lift company, Pascal de Thiersant, commented: “After French strikes goal ski lifts almost two years of Covid then the energy problem, the unions need to pile it on again. That is really shooting themselves within the foot.”
The ski unions are asking for higher wages and unemployment insurance, especially for seasonal staff.
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The news comes after days of protests in France after President Emmanuel Macron announced the plan to extend the retirement age from 62 to 64.
Last week, over a million people took to the streets in Paris and marched to protest against the proposed pension reforms.
A number of the hottest ski resorts in France amongst Britons are Courchevel, Val d’Isere, Méribel and Val Thorens within the Alps.
To avoid disruption resulting from French strikes this yr, British tourists can go for other ski resorts reminiscent of Les Quatre Vallées, Zermatt, St Moritz in Switzerland.
Other highly rated ski resorts include Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy, St Anton am Arlberg or Kitzbühel in Austria.
Places reminiscent of Switzerland or France are more ceaselessly related to skiing than Spain but in truth, the Pyrenees, bordering France, is top-of-the-line winter locations on the subject of snow sports.
A number of the hottest ski resorts in Spain are Baqueria-Beret, Sierra Nevada and Grandvalira.