L'Autre Chaussure a la Baisse.
So I see that the five major rail worker unions are planning to strike on October 17th in response to Sarkozy's proposal to cut "special" SNCF employee pensions. It's going to be intesting to see how this plays against the Minimum Service Law voted into effect last month by Parliament.
Also, the teachers' union is crafting a strongly-worded denunciation of the recent budget cuts and suppression of positions. In addition, they are looking to have a "week of action" followed by a strike before the All Saints' Day holiday.
I never envied the French their way of life, and I'm feeling particularly badly for the rail workers and teachers right now. Teachers in particular have had it badly, both under the Socialists and the UMP.