Only four out of 10 TGV and Intercity trains are running on average this weekend in France, due to a strike launched by a collective of controllers. The SNCF plans more precisely 1 train out of 2 on the TGV Nord, 1 out of 3 on the TGV Est, 1 out of 3 on the TGV Sud-Est, t 1 Intercités out of 2 until Sunday. The Atlantic axis is particularly affected, with only 1 out of 4 TGVs, as for the Ouigos. No night trains should run. Internationally, the company expects normal traffic for Eurostar and Thalys, 1 in 3 TGVs to Switzerland, 1 in 2 to Germany, 1 in 3 to Italy and no traffic to Spain.
SNCF traffic between Vierzon (Cher) and Châteauroux (Indre), on the Paris-Toulouse line, is also interrupted in both directions all weekend due to the derailment on Friday of a freight train which did not fact of injury.
A resumption of dialogue next week
Even if the direction of the SNCF announced Friday, December 2 in the evening of “new meetings scheduled for next week” and that the SUD Rail and CFDT unions for their part evoke the “reopening of negotiations”with a “specific round table on Thursday, December 8”the movement is unlikely to ease over the weekend.
The controllers – called captains by the SNCF -, who stopped working from Friday to Sunday, are demanding better recognition and an evolution of their status (salary demands, career development). The movement was launched at the call of a National Collective ASCT (CNA) of nearly 3,000 members, launched in September on Facebook outside of any union framework but supported by the unions (Unsa-Ferroviaire, SUD-rail, CFDT-Cheminots and FO-Cheminots) with the exception of CGT-Cheminots.
“Gradual recovery” of traffic on Monday
A “gradual recovery” is planned for Monday, December 4, with 3 out of 4 trains to all TGV axes. But the unions, in support of the collective, filed a strike notice for the Christmas and New Year weekends in order to put pressure on the SNCF, while promising to do “the maximum so that there is no strike at Christmas”.
“I can’t bring myself to have things written down”reacted Saturday, December 3, the Minister Delegate for Transport Clément Beaune, calling for the “collective responsibility” to avoid a movement at the end of the year. “Let’s work in the next few days to avoid this (…) I will do everything at my level”he added on the sidelines of the inauguration of a building at Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport.
This mobilization occurs before the start of the mandatory annual negotiations, which must begin on Wednesday, December 7 at the level of the SNCF group. The CGT, SUD-rail and CFDT have called for a “united strike” That day.
Source : BBN WORLD NEWS