FRENCH GOVERNMENT IN TALKS WITH HOTEL CLEANERS AFTER EXTENSIVE STRIKE ACTION

The French government has held talks with hotel cleaner's agencies, as hotel staff across the country took strike action over working hours and conditions.

Over the past year, picket lines have appeared outside several hotels, with cleaners, laundry staff, and kitchen porters protesting over working hours and pay. One top hotel in Marseille has attracted daily protests by cleaning staff for more than two months.

Marlène Schiappa, the French secretary for gender equality, has promised a review by the state's council for job equality. By the end of 2019 the council will make suggestions on how to improve working conditions for hotel cleaners as well as cleaners of office buildings, who often have to work early mornings or late nights.

Schiappa told Le Parisien newspaper that office workers should also get used to cleaners working around them during the day.