Two concerts canceled due to strike at Radio France

Paris, Demonstration of journalists and Radio France employees against job cuts. Paris, FRANCE 29.11.2019. // SEVGI_1917 / 1912011830 / Credit: SEVGI / SIPA / 1912011833 – SEVGI / SIPA

Two concerts of theorchestra philharmonic
Radio France are canceled Saturday and Sunday, due to a notice of
strike against a
plan to cut 299 jobs.

“We will not be able to give the concerts tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow, Sunday January 5, at 4 p.m.,” the philharmonic said on its Twitter account. The orchestra was to perform Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon Beethoven’s ninth symphony in the auditorium of the Maison de la Radio in Paris.

Seven concerts canceled

“We are at seven canceled concerts in our house,” said Virginie Buscail, violinist of the Philharmonic orchestra of Radio France, Saturday after a brief performance by the orchestra and the choir of Radio France of the Anthem to the Beethoven’s joy in the hall of the Maison de la Radio. “Whenever we cancel a concert, it’s heartbreaking but (…) it’s our only way of making ourselves heard, even if it is paradoxical to make hearing by the silence that there will be tonight in the room our voice, “she added.

After a Christmas truce, the strike against the savings plan at Radio France resumed on December 31, at the call of the only CGT, without major disruption on the group’s channels, except France Musique’s New Year’s concert which had to be canceled.

New unlimited strike

The unions of Radio France launched a strike movement on November 25 to obtain the withdrawal of a plan that provides 60 million euros in savings and 299 job cuts (with 76 job creations in parallel).

The CGT, which had launched an indefinite strike (the other unions in the group had called for a more ad hoc mobilization), had suspended its notice from December 22 at midnight, while warning that the movement was likely to resume in early January. And, despite management’s proposals, the union soon after filed new notice of unlimited strike action, which took effect on December 31.

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