two out of five TGVs canceled for the Christmas weekend

The effects of the controllers’ strike should strengthen on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 December, with two out of five TGVs canceled, the SNCF said on Wednesday.

One out of two TGVs should run on the North and Atlantic axes and three out of five TGVs on the South-East and East axes. Two Ouigo out of three are planned, said the SNCF in a press release. Three out of four Lyria and Intercités trains are expected to run.

On Friday, two out of three TGVs should run on the Atlantic and Mediterranean axes, one out of two trains on the North axis (the Paris-Lille is announced to be almost normal) and three out of four East TGVs.

A voucher for twice the value of the ticket

Each traveler whose train was canceled as part of the strike will benefit from a voucher equivalent to twice the amount of the ticket, the SNCF announced on Wednesday, even if the ticket was exchanged for another.

“This compensation will be accessible via a form” and is granted in addition to the 100% refund of the ticket, to anyone whose TGV Inoui, Ouigo or Intercité train scheduled between December 23 and 26 has been canceled, said the SNCF.

Since November and after a first strike weekend in early December, the SNCF is struggling to establish dialogue with a collective of controllers who have organized themselves on Facebook to demand better recognition. Independent of the unions, they still had to rely on the latter to file notices.

Compensation of €600 offered to controllers

Management has proposed to increase the “work premium” captains (official name of the controllers) of €600 per year, part of which will be integrated into the salary in 2024, as well as an additional allowance of €600 gross per year.

Proposals deemed sufficiently satisfactory for the Unsa-Ferroviaire to withdraw its notice and for the CGT-Cheminots and SUD-rail not to call for the work to be stopped. Hundreds of controllers decided otherwise.

In 2019, against the pension reform, then in 2021 on the Southeast axis, strikes had also spoiled the first weekend of the holidays. The railway company decided for the first time last year to reimburse travelers for double the amount of their canceled ticket. This year, it adapted the system by introducing the purchase voucher.


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