Two weeks after the previous strike day, a new day of interprofessional mobilization will take place on Thursday 10 November. Three days before the deadline, the RATP announces its first traffic forecasts.
The metro and RER A and B will be the forms of transport most affected by the mobilization: traffic there will be “ very strongly disturbed “, while traffic on the bus and tram lines will be “ disturbed “. The group will publish Tuesday at the end of the afternoon a first estimate of the transport plan with the frequency of the RER and the number of closed metro lines or operating only at peak hours.
All of the group’s unions (CGT, FO, Unsa, La Base and Solidaires) are calling for a strike on Thursday, the eve of the long weekend of November 11, to demand wage increases, improved working conditions and recruitments. The stated objective of “zero metro, zero RER” could “very well be filled”warns Arole Lamasse, secretary general of Unsa-RATP. “There will be a lot of closed lines”assures for his part Bastien Berthier, secretary of the traction pole of FO-RATP which represents 72% of metro drivers.
“The management had a way of avoiding the conflict, they have had our demands since October 7 and have received us a month later to tell us that they have no mandate to negotiate”said Bastien Berthier at the end of a meeting with management.
Hearing of Jean Castex in Parliament
The last strike movement in favor of a wage increase, on October 27, had little mobilization. Only 15,000 demonstrators had been identified throughout France, far from the 100,000 to 300,000 demonstrators who took to the streets on October 18, according to the Ministry of the Interior or the CGT. These two days of mobilization had been moderately followed at the RATP and had given rise to only limited disturbances.
The probable future boss of the RATP, Jean Castex, must be heard Tuesday and Wednesday in the Senate and the National Assembly with a view to his appointment as head of the group. The former Prime Minister will have a lot to do to restore social dialogue in a company already affected by strong tensions on its bus network where the offer has been reduced by 25% due to chronic understaffing and the multiplication of localized strikes.
Source : BBN NEWS