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French railworkers’ trade unions were to meet on Tuesday evening to discuss a strike that could paralyse the SNCF rail network after the government’s announcement that it will put through changes to the company by executive order.

For the unions, the government has crossed two red lines – the use of ordonnances, executive orders that fast-track the plan by reducing the time of parliamentary debate, and a plan to abolish railworkers’ special employment status, decried as a “privilege” by ministers and media commentators.

So the four unions with elected representatives in the company were to meet at 5.00pm on Tuesday to discuss strike action.

The strongest one, the CGT, has already called for a day of protest on 22 March but now says it is ready to launch strike action.

“To force the government to back down, a month-long strike will no doubt be necessary,” its railworkers’ leader, Laurent Brun, told Le Parisien newspaper.

Another usually less militant union, the CFDT, has proposed an indefinite strike to start on 14 March.

The other two organisations also indicated they were ready for a fight.

The government has promised a two-month consultation process and Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne is to hold a first meeting with unions on Thursday. Read More …

 

 

So the four unions with elected representatives in the company were to meet at 5.00pm on Tuesday to discuss strike action. The strongest one, the CGT, has already called for a day of protest on 22 March but now says it is ready to launch strike action. “To force the government to back down, a month-long strike will no doubt be necessary,” its railworkers’ leader, Laurent Brun, told Le Parisien newspaper.  Another usually less militant union, the CFDT, has proposed an indefinite strike to start on 14 March. The other two organisations also indicated they were ready for a fight. The government has promised a two-month consultation process and Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne is to hold a first meeting with unions on Thursday.