French union calls for national rail strike in July

French union calls for national rail strike in July
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The hardline CGT union has called for a national strike on the railways in July in a dispute over pay and working conditions.

The union is calling on all members across the country to strike on Thursday, July 1st, saying: “For our salaries, our jobs, our rights, for a protected status for all railway workers – everyone on strike!”

However, the strike only involves a single union so is unlikely to cause widespread disruption of the type seen during the mass transport strikes of December 2019 and January 2020, in which all transport unions joined together to take action in protest over pension reforms.

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Public sector workers in France are legally obliged to give 48 hours’ notice of their intention to strike, and SNCF usually publishes revised strike timetables 24 hours in advance of industrial action.

This strike targets SNCF, so could affect national train routes and the Paris RER suburban train service, but not the Paris Metro or bus routes, which are run by RATP.

Separately, airport workers are also calling for a strike in July in a dispute over contract renegotiatons.

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