Kick off SNCF strike: complicated Tuesday for users

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – Jacques DEMARTHON – | The platforms of Gare de l’Est in Paris. After the
warning shot of March 22, place in the fight: with an average TGV
on eight Tuesday, the railroaders set the tone of this
long-distance strike to counter the reform project of the SNCF,
which begins Monday night

After the warning shot of March 22, place in the fight: with
a TGV on eight average Tuesday, the railroaders set the tone of
this long-distance strike to counter the reform project of the
SNCF, which begins Monday night.

If the returns of the long weekend of Easter will be finally
spared with a “normal” traffic, contrary to the repeated
warnings of the SNCF, it is another piece which will be played
Tuesday morning for the travelers and the daily users of the
TER in regions, RER and Transiliens in Ile-de-France.

Ⓒ AFP – Vincent LEFAI – | The strike at the SNCF

With nearly one out of two railroad workers (48% vs. 35.4%
on March 22) and up to more than three out of four among
drivers (77%), according to figures announced Sunday by the
company’s management rail, the traffic will be “very
disturbed”.

A movement that will combine in the air with the fourth day
of strike at Air France for wages. Three others are already
programmed.

On the main lines, the SNCF forecasts an average TGV on
eight, the South-East axis being the most impacted (one out of
10). The same goes for the Intercités, of which seven lines
will not be served outright. The boss of the company Guillaume
Pepy had warned that lines would be “closed”.

On the regional lines, one TER and one Transilien out of
five are announced. In Ile-de-France, RER traffic will be
variable along the axes, ranging from one train out of two to
one in five. Some branches will not be served.

Traffic forecasts that are not surprising as the four
representative unions at SNCF (CGT, Unsa, SUD, CFDT) are up
against the rail reform project. It “aims to destroy the rail
public service by pure ideological dogmatism,” they write in
their notice.

– “Negotiations on the merits” –

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – ERIC PIERMONT – | The CEO of SNCF Guillaume Pepy February 27, 2018 in
Saint-Denis

The remonstrances of Mr Pepy or the Minister of Transport
Elisabeth Borne, lambasting a strike “staggered” or
“incomprehensible” in view of the “consultation” committed,
will have done nothing. Nor is the announcement of the
legislative route for opening the rail to competition, instead
of the ordinances initially envisaged.

Ⓒ AFP – Maryam EL HAMOUCHI – | Calendar of strike days of the SNCF

Despite different modalities, CGT, Unsa, SUD and CFDT are
all launched in the battle: a strike by episode of two days out
of five until June 28 for CGT, Unsa and CFDT; an indefinite
strike renewable by 24 hours for SUD-Rail.

Abolition of hiring at the SNCF status, opening to
competition or the transformation of the SNCF into a public
limited company, the beginnings of a future privatization for
the unions, are all scarecrows in their eyes.

They also believe that the reform project “will not solve
the subject of debt (46.6 billion euros at the end of 2017 for
SNCF Réseau, ed), nor that of malfunctions”.

Twelve leftist parties, including France insubordinate, the
PCF, Génération.s, EELV or the NPA, have given them their
support against “the breakage of the SNCF”, which they
anticipate that of all the public service.

Opposite, the government is just as determined to hold on,
seeing in this strike a “blocking posture that is not
justified”, as Elisabeth Borne said Sunday.

But for the CGT, the first union force of the company, “the
government and management would be better inspired to open
negotiations on the merits”. That is to say, she explained, on
“what leads the railway to get into action: the future of the
SNCF, its durability and development.”

Tuesday, the social storm will not
stop at the rail. Fourth day of turbulence at Air France for a
6% increase in wages, before a fifth Saturday and two scheduled
for 10 and 11 April, call for the strike of the CGT in the
entire waste stream (public and private), notice filed in the
energy sector also by the CGT and growls students … The week
promises to be hectic for President Emmanuel Macron and his
government.

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