January 26, 2022

unions call for strike for the first weekend of the Christmas holidays

Several strike calls have been launched on various SNCF networks, including the TGV Sud-Est and Sud-Ouest, for the first weekend of the Christmas holidays in particular, we learned from union sources and from management. , Tuesday 14 December. The unions demand the improvement of working conditions, hiring to compensate for a shortage of staff, wage increases or even “A Covid bonus”.

“We are going to enter our eighth year of wage freeze”, thus argued Tuesday on BFM-TV Fabien Villedieu, head of SUD-Rail. “The ball today is in the management’s court [qui] still has the possibility of hearing this anger “, he estimated.

The controllers and station agents (at the station) of the TGV Sud-Ouest are called to strike from Friday to Sunday by the CGT-Cheminots, SUD-Rail, UNSA-Ferroviaire and FO-Cheminots. For the TGV Sud-Est, SUD-Rail, UNSA-Ferroviaire and FO-Cheminots call a strike on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays of the three weekends of the holidays.

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Also in Occitanie and New Aquitaine

In Occitania, the UNSA-Ferroviaire, SUD-Rail and the CFDT-Cheminots call the controllers to strike on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from next weekend. Identical scenario for the TER of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, where the CFDT, SUD-Rail and UNSA have filed the same type of notice over three days from Friday. The employees of TGV Atlantique are called to strike by SUD-Rail ” from “ Friday.

Asked about the notices submitted, SNCF management did not wish to ” no comment “, while discussions with unions continue. For his part, the government spokesperson said he wished “Minimize the impact of this strike for the French as much as possible”.

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“They want to be able to get together with their family at Christmas. We don’t particularly want to be on crowded trains during the Covid period because there are fewer trains to get around ”, added Gabriel Attal on Franceinfo.

Other social movements

The week is already peppered with other social movements at the SNCF: for example, Monday on the TGV North, in Normandy and line H in the Paris region, Monday and Tuesday on the TER of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, Tuesday in the Pays de la Loire.

Thursday and Friday, several lines in Ile-de-France are affected, such as RER B, C, D and E, or lines H, K, N, P, R and U.

Calls for a strike for only Friday were also launched for the controllers of the Alps, the agents of the Lyon region and Brittany. Finally, Newrest employees, in charge of on-board catering, are called on strike ” from Thursday “ by the CGT and SUD-Rail.

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The World with AFP