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French rail workers will launch a long campaign of strikes starting 3 April against the government’s plan to overhaul the state-owned operator SNCF, the CGT union said on Thursday.

The rolling strikes will be carried out on two days out of every five until 28 June unless the government drops its plan, which includes stripping new recruits of jobs-for-life and other benefits, the CGT said after a meeting of the company’s four main unions.

“The unions see no will to negotiate on the part of the government… and take responsibility for an intense and long-lasting conflict,” Laurent Brun, head of the CGT Cheminots rail union, said.

The government plans to push through its reform plans by decree in the coming months to improve services that cost 30 percent more to operate than elsewhere in Europe.

It says it must move quickly to get the SNCF back on sound financial footing before passenger rail traffic across Europe is opened to competition next year.

“This is a necessary, indispensable reform,” Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne told BFM television on Thursday. Read More …

 

French rail workers will launch a long campaign of strikes starting 3 April against the government’s plan to overhaul the state-owned operator SNCF, the CGT union said on Thursday. The rolling strikes will be carried out on two days out of every five until 28 June unless the government drops its plan, which includes stripping new recruits of jobs-for-life and other benefits, the CGT said after a meeting of the company’s four main unions. “The unions see no will to negotiate on the part of the government… and take responsibility for an intense and long-lasting conflict,” Laurent Brun, head of the CGT Cheminots rail union, said. The government plans to push through its reform plans by decree in the coming months to improve services that cost 30 percent more to operate than elsewhere in Europe.