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Three months of regular weekly rail strikes

Three months of regular weekly rail strikes

By Staff Writer - April 1, 2018

Photo: Facebook Les CGT des Cheminots
Photo: Facebook Les CGT des Cheminots

The latest strike by French rail workers will make an impact from 7 pm on Monday, April 2, although in theory the strike has been called for two days, on Tuesday and Wednesday. Disruption due to the strike will continue well into Thursday, April 5.

Guillaume Pepy, the head of French railway company SNCF, said that as few as one train in eight will operate during the stoppage. Three rail unions are involved in the strike, CGT, Unsa and the CFDT.

There will be 12 official strike days during April, and May and June will see a similar pattern. The strike programme is similar to the multiple stoppages in November and December 1995, when the impact was so serious that the Juppé government abandoned a planned major reform of the SNCF, an outcome favoured by the rail unions this time around.

Unless the strikes fizzle out, they are likely to have a major impact on the thousands of French and Italian commuters who rely on the rail service to come to Monaco each day.

April’s strike days include officially: 3,4, 9, 13, 18, 19 , 23 and 24.


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