With the return of “normal life”, strikes, which are a habit in France, are returning in turn. The CGT has called for a strike by railway workers for the first day of July 2021 … while the French are preparing to go on leave.
SNCF strike: first mobilization in Île-de-France
For once, this social movement announced on June 16, 2021 will take place in two stages. In the first place, specify the CGT, Unsa, CFDT and SUD-Rail unions, it will be Île-de-France that will be affected. A regional strike movement has been announced for Monday, June 21, 2021. ” The cup is full », We can read on one of the leaflets of the SUD-Rail union.
The unions hope that the strike will be well attended, which is sure to create disruption on the network. Bad news for workers whereas 100% teleworking is no longer the norm in France.
Second stage: national movement on July 1, 2021
But the Ile-de-France regional movement on Monday June 21, 2021 will only be the beginning. The CGT-Cheminots, for its part, called on SNCF employees at the national level to disengage on Thursday 1er July 2021. A rally in front of the carrier’s head office is also scheduled for Tuesday, June 29, 2021.
Regional or national, the movement calls for a better status for railway workers while competition will become fierce for rail in the years to come. France has had to follow European regulations which require it to liberalize rail from 2022. Good news for travelers since competition could allow the price of train tickets to fall, but very bad news for SNCF, especially after the black year that 2020 will have been.