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Paris region rail strike: How train and commuter services are affected on Monday

Rail workers in the greater Paris region staged a strike on Monday that caused disruption across train services, in particular for commuters. Here's what is running and what services are affected.

Paris region rail strike: How train and commuter services are affected on Monday
Train passengers in Paris region hit by rail strike on Monday. Illustration photo by Aurore MESENGE / AFP
Members of the CGT, Unsa, Sud-Rail and CFDT unions in the greater Paris Île-de-France region called the strike over pay, working conditions and the opening up of certain lines to competition.
 
The strikes affect SNCF services including the regional Transilien services and the suburban RER lines.
 
SNCF has published a revised timetable for Monday.
 
RER line B – which links Paris with Charles de Gaulle and Orly airport – is running as normal.
 
 
Lines J, L and U have half the normal services running.
 
Lines C, E and N have one in three trains running.
 
Lines A,H,K and T are also running as normal.
 
Line D has one train in three, but with a suspended interconnection between Châtelet and Gare de Lyon. Services from Corbeil to Juvisy via Ris-Orangis, Malesherbes and Melun are provided by bus.
 
Lines P and R have one train in three with some of the stations also served by bus. 
 
Paris Metro, tram and bus services, which are run by RATP and not by SNCF, are unaffected.

The hardline CGT union has also called for a national strike on the railways on July 1st in a dispute over pay and working conditions.

However, it only involves a single union so is unlikely to cause widespread disruption.

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French customs officers strike over job cuts

Customs officers across France will walk out on Thursday in protest at job cuts that unions say will “weaken the customs network”.

French customs officers strike over job cuts

The national strike on Thursday, March 10th is expected to lead to delays at ports, airports and on the Eurostar.

The strike, which will include a rally outside the National Assembly building in Paris, was called by the CFDT-Douane and has the support of other unions. 

A work-to-rule protest over pay and conditions by customs officers in 2019, under the shadow of Brexit, led to delays and disruption at airports, as well as ports including Calais and Dunkirk, and on Eurostar trains.

Unions are calling on the government to axe plans to switch responsibility for import duty collection to the Direction Générale des Finances Publiques by 2024, at the cost of 700 customs’ officer jobs – and, according to strikers, tens of billions of euros to State coffers.

“We are asking for the reforms to be stopped, mainly that of the transfer of taxation, which is disorganising the network with the elimination of nearly a thousand jobs,” CFDT-Douane’s secretary general David-Olivier Caron said.

The planned job cuts come after years of restructuring and streamlining that has seen thousands of positions disappear, the unions say, when customs fraud and smuggling is rising because of a lack of resources.

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