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Why Airport Employees Are Striking


PARIS — For 18 years, Marie Marivel has worked as a security agent at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, screening throngs of passengers and thousands of bags each day. It has always been a taxing job, she says, but conditions have lately made it downright impossible, as staffing shortages nearly double her workload and a cost-of-living crisis plunders her modest paycheck.As security agents, ground crews, baggage handlers and other airport workers in Paris launch a series of strikes on Friday to demand better wages and more hiring, Ms. Marivel, 56, is eager to join the fight.The end of Covid-19 restrictions across Europe touched off a huge revival in air travel, said Ms. Marivel. “But we are flagrantly understaffed. And we can no longer make …

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