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Pay Deal Ends French Border Guards’ Brexit Battle

Pay Deal Ends French Border Guards’ Brexit Battle

After two months of complex Brexit-related negotiations, the French government and customs officers struck a deal that aims to end disruption at ports and the Eurostar terminal in Paris.

Friday’s agreement, signed by all unions, will gradually increase salaries in the coming years, and customs officers will get their first boost Nov. 1, the day after the U.K. is currently due to exit the European Union. The deal will eventually raise the annual wage bill by around 17 million euros ($19 million), according to officials at the budget ministry.

French customs officers demanding better pay and conditions as Brexit looms had caused cancellations and long delays at borders with the U.K. in March by working to rule. The government’s first attempt to end the dispute failed when unions rejected a 14 million-euro package to boost salaries.