Paris transport workers call ‘unlimited’ strike from Friday

Transport workers in Paris are calling for a 'massive' strike on Friday, which could continue for an indefinite period if their demands are not met.

Paris transport workers call 'unlimited' strike from Friday
A closed Metro station during the May 18 strike. Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP

Workers on the city’s RATP network staged a one-day strike on February 18th which halted a large number of Metro, bus and tram services.

Another strike has been called for Friday, March 25th, but this time the strike duration is ‘unlimited’ according to the strike notice filed by unions.

“If the company does not make any major changes, March 25th will mark the start of long and hard action for the public service,” says the notice filed by the FO union.

The strike is over pay, with RATP workers saying that the cost of living crisis means they can no longer live on their wages.

You can read the full strike timetable HERE.

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BREAKING: French rail unions call national train strike

French rail unions have called for a national day of strike action to demand wage increases.

BREAKING: French rail unions call national train strike

The national rail strike is planned for Wednesday, July 6th, the day before French schools break up for the summer.

Three of the biggest rail unions – CFDT, Sud-Rail and CGT – have joined the strike call while a fourth, Unsa, is set to announce whether it will join next week.

They are demanding wage increases to help their members cope with the cost of living crisis, saying: “Railway workers are being hit hard, and are suffering a clear and sharp decline in their purchasing power.

They are asking for “measures to catch up with inflation in wages”, but also “a general increase in wages and the revaluation of all allowances, bonuses and indemnities”.

The strike notice issued is for a one-day action.

French workers in essential industries including rail are required to give bosses 48 hours notice of whether they intend to strike – this will allow rail operator SNCF to draw up strike timetables with limited services running. These will be published on Tuesday evening before the strike on Wednesday.

French schools break up for the summer on Thursday, July 7th and the following weekend is usually one of the busiest weekends on the railways as families depart for summer holidays. 

The strike covers employees on SNCF, and will not affect city public transport services such as the Paris Metro, although some of Paris’ regional RER and Transilien services are run by SNCF. 

Air travel in France has already been hit by strike action as airport employees and flight attendants have filed strike notices as they too demand wage increases to cope with the increased cost of living.

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