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EU-wide strike to cripple rails

by FFE EU News staff


Photo source: Bertrand Guay/AFP

A European-wide strike of railway workers is expected to affect France’s train systems starting Tuesday at 7pm. The public is warned of localised delays in various areas of the country as the mass action persists until Thursday at 8am.

French rail unions Confédération Générale du Travail (CGT) and Confédération Française Démocratique du Travail (CFDT) will be joining the EU-wide strike against rail reforms that aims to deregulate public transport in the region starting 2019.

CGT workers also plan to conduct a series of walkouts to protest against local reforms that would see national state-owned rail operator SNCF merged with other public entities.

Secretary general of the CGT Cheminots Gilbert Garrel said ‘It is imperative to block the privatisation measures from Brussels which seek to uproot long-standing companies, destroy the idea of national public services and widen the competition.’

This week’s strike will create more localised disturbances, unlike the last rail strike in June which involved 70% of drivers and controllers in 6 unions.

Here is a list of what to expect during the strike:

  • Traffic will run as normal on all TGV lines, Eurostar trains, Thalys, Lyria and international trains to Germany, Italy and Luxembourg
  • The Paris Metro will not be affected by the strikes
  • Possible disruption is seen on the following lines: Paris-Orléans-Bourges, Paris-Limoges-Toulouse-Cerbère et Bordeaux-Marseille-Nice
  • All night trains and Talgo and Elipsos trains to Spain will be cancelled
  • Intercité trains will be running an average of 3 out of 4 trains. More details here http://www.infolignes.com/
  • The RER will run as normal except for lines C, N and U which will have only 7/10 trains. More information here

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