Strikes threatened at Canal+

Unions representing employees of French pay TV operator Canal+ have threatened to take strike action on March 5 over layoffs and what they claim is an ongoing deterioration of working conditions, according to local reports.

The CFDT, CFE-CGC and CGT unions are considering industrial action that could affect Canal+, free-to-air channels D8 and D17, call centres and technical services, according to the reports.

According to a union source cited by Le Monde, competition from Al Jazeera-owned beIN Sports is the principal culprit for a deterioration in Canal+’s economic situation, leading to cost-cutting and layoffs and an increased workload and stress for remaining employees.