This is the second work stoppage at the Op_ra in less than a month: five days of walkouts in late October caused the cancellation of ten performances and cost the company €2.2 million.
So far, it seems, the administration of the Op_ra intends to call off performances only one at a time, as necessary. The largest of the striking organizations, the trade union confederation CGT, has planned one-day walkouts, renewable indefinitely. Another union, CFDT, has called a strike for Nov. 14-22; three smaller unions announced a stoppage from tomorrow through the end of the month.
These walkouts by technical workers — which have not as yet been joined by the Op_ra's performers and artistic staff — are but one part of the continuing strikes throughout France over President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to reform the various national union pension schemes.