• France's news in English
 
app_header_v3
Chaos ahead as French rail unions call one-day strike
Photo: AFP

Chaos ahead as French rail unions call one-day strike

The Local · 1 Mar 2016, 10:34

Published: 01 Mar 2016 10:34 GMT+01:00
Updated: 01 Mar 2016 10:34 GMT+01:00

The four unions that represent SNCF workers - CGT, CFDT, Sud and Unsa -  have jointly called for the strike on Wednesday March 9th.

They are demanding more staff are recruited, a rise in salaries and guarantees about improvements in work conditions.

“With this call to strike we are sending a warning shot to the government,” said Didier Aubert from CFDT rail workers.

If the strike goes ahead it would begin on Tuesday March 8th at 7pm and run until 8am on Thursday March 10th.

It is the first time the four unions - normally divided over the questions around rail reform - have joined forces for a protest since June 2013, when only four out of ten trains were running.

Rail workers block the tracks during a 2014 rail strike in France. AFP

“The glaring lack of responses to our requests and the uncertainty you place on the future of all rail workers has forced us to act,” said a statement from the unions to rail chiefs.

They denounce SNCF’s “catastrophic” management of the rail network which they say has seen train services taken away due to staff shortages.

They want a general wage increase and are demanding more “social guarantees” are included in the common job regulations that are currently being discussed by government and businesses.

And commuters and travellers in Paris are unlikely to be spared the travel disruption with unions also calling on transport staff in the French capital to join the strike.

Story continues below…

 

 

 

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Christians and Muslims to mourn murdered French priest
A regional Muslim council has planned a "brotherhood march" in Lyon, while a church in Bordeaux said it would hold a non-denomination vigil for the 85-year-old priest. Photo: AFP

Muslim and Christian groups will hold vigils on Saturday for a French priest murdered by extremists in his church, as police charged a man in connection with the brutal attack that has plunged the nation into mourning again.

France church attackers 'smiled' and spoke of Koran
Three nuns were in the church when Father Jacques Hamel was killed. Photo: AFP

One of the jihadists who murdered an elderly French priest smiled as he carried out the attack, and nuns who witnessed the grisly murder said the killers spoke about the Koran.

Air France strike grounds 20% of flights

Air France on Saturday cancelled around 20 percent of its flights on the fourth day of a strike by flight attendants during the peak summer travel season, the airline said.

Summer in France: The top ten beaches
Photo: Gomezdegomera/Flickr

How many have you been to?

France braces for busiest day of traffic all summer
Photo: AFP

Thinking of driving this weekend? The French are being advised to think twice.

Opinion
'France has problems but it's not on brink of civil war'
A French police officer stands in front of a Muslim prayer room after it was destroyed by a fire, suspected to be arson, in Ajaccio.. Photo: AFP

While certain French politicians and security chiefs have openly talked of the nightmare prospect of civil war in France, one expert tells The Local the country is too resolute to go down that path.

Ten hidden gems in France you should visit this summer
Photo: Erik Harström/Flickr

Looking for holiday ideas this summer?

What's on: Ten cool things to do in France in August 2016
Photo: AFP

August is almost here - and we've got you covered for events.

Paris in August: Should you stay or should you go now?
Photo: AFP

When it comes to August in Paris, you're either a stayer or a goer. But which is the best choice?

French PM: 'France needs new relationship with Islam'
Photo: AFP

As France struggles to get to grips with an increasing number of terror attacks the French PM says the country needs a new relationship with Islam.

Sponsored Article
5 reasons to try dating in Paris with The Inner Circle
Travel
Summer in France: The top ten beaches
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
France: A timeline of terror since the Charlie Hebdo attack
A timeline of terror in France since Charlie Hebdo
Culture
Thirteen free and easy ways to learn French
Culture
32 mistakes foreigners make when they arrive in France
National
Here are the worst scams to avoid whilst driving in France
Analysis & Opinion
Isis can simply be a conduit for the violent desires of psychopaths
Features
Six outdoor bars in Paris you simply must visit
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
Culture
The open-air Villette cinema has been cancelled over security fears
Culture
Henri Rousseau exhibition proves huge hit in Paris
National
Frenchman caught trying to sell Nice massacre souvenirs online
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Society
OPEN NOW: Here's why you should head to the Paris Plages
Culture
What's on in France: Still plenty to see and do in July
Lifestyle
Treasures of Versailles to go on display in Australia
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
National
How to keep cool during France's heatwave
National
Nice attack: What we know so far
National
Nice attacker: Body-building, drug-taking, violent flirt
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
National
IN IMAGES: Drawings in tribute to Nice attack victims
Society
Promenade des Anglais: The iconic heart of the French Riviera
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
France faces more questions after latest deadly attack
National
Why is France the target of choice for jihadist attacks?
National
Nice truck attack: 'Bodies went flying like bowling pins'
Nice attack: Families of missing make pleas on Twitter
2,753
jobs available