Strikes over austerity hit Europe holiday travel
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Published 04:11 a.m., Thursday, December 22, 2011
In France, a strike by airport security personnel stretched into its seventh day, and in London, football club Arsenal postponed its day-after-Christmas game against Wolverhampton Wanderers by 24 hours because of a planned public transport strike on the U.K.'s Boxing Day holiday. The French government, anxious to avoid angering voters ahead of next spring's presidential election, was looking at options on Thursday to get police to replace security personnel and make sure Christmas Sunday is as undisturbed as possible. Unions were especially irked that the government is trying to push through pension reform, sidestepping the traditional worker-employer negotiations that have become a cornerstone of the nation's welfare state system. In Paris, the airport security personnel strike continued but delays were shortening and no flight cancellations were recorded at De Gaulle, Paris' busiest airport Wednesday.