“Back to normal” on Monday: 3 out of 4 TGVs are due to run for the last day of the strike by SNCF controllers, which has led to the cancellation of 60% of trains this weekend and will disrupt the holidays according to the results of discussions. with management.
Gathering as a collective outside the union structure, SNCF controllers – also known as captains – have stopped work since Friday to demand better recognition of their position.
When asked by AFP on Sunday evening, a spokesman for the SNCF said “a gradual return to normal will take place on Monday”, with 3 of the 4 TGVs in circulation and total traffic resuming on Tuesday.
SNCF management announced on Friday that Thursday – “new meetings” are planned for this week – “as part of a dialogue launched for several weeks with union organizations on the topic of the edge of leadership”, according to the SUD rail union website.
On Sunday, traffic was hit even harder, with 60% of TGV and Intercités cancelled.
Strike threats for Christmas and New Year
Apart from CGT-Cheminots, all unions (Unsa-Ferroviaire, SUD Rail, CFDT-Cheminots and FO-Cheminots) gave their support to the movement.
Regulators are also threatening to strike over the Christmas and New Year weekends to put pressure on SNCF.
Fearing disruption during the year-end holiday, Transport Minister Clement Byon called for “collective responsibility” on Saturday.
“We will do everything we can to make sure there is no strike at Christmas,” promised Nicolas Limon, one of the founders of the National Collective ASCT (CNA), which launched on Facebook in September and today has nearly 3,000 members.
“More than 80% of regulators will go on strike at the end of the week,” he told AFP on Friday.
A few TGVs in circulation
At Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport and Lille Flandres airport, a rare few people waited under screens on Sunday that announced the only TGVs in circulation.
The nearly 10,000 train supervisors at SNCF, of whom almost 3,000 work on TGV and Intercités trains, have an essential function in terms of traffic and passenger safety. Trains cannot run without them.
Beyond salary issues, controllers feel “mistreated” and are demanding better consideration and an improvement in their working conditions, SUD rail union representative Fabien Villedieu explained Saturday at the RMC.
December promises agitation at SNCF: the mobilization comes just before the start of annual negotiations for salaries, which are due to begin on Wednesday at group level.
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