Striking FedEx employees resume work

FEDEX employees, who began a strike over a pay dispute on 11 May at the company’s Paris hub, have returned to work today.

In a battle between their labour unions and FedEx management around 700 workers employed by FedEx at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport demanded a five per cent wage rise.

Flights to and from cities such as Dubai (UAE), Hamburg (Germany), Madrid (Spain), Memphis (US), Rome (Italy) and Vienna (Austria) were grounded by the strike or subjected to serious delay.

The Paris hub is FedEx’s second biggest sorting centre after Memphis and has the capacity to handle 61,500 packages an hour.

“Some workers at the Paris hub walked off the job last week, but we responded by putting contingency plans in place to ensure normal standards of service were maintained and delivery delays to customers reduced to a minimum,” Maury Lane, a FedEx spokesman, said.

While most of FedEx’s US employees are not represented by unions, in France employees belong to multiple unions, which represent FedEx employees in fresh bargaining each May.

The cargo carrier’s money-back guarantee for late deliveries remains in place for the affected packages.

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