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France: rail strike threatened for Feb 2

After the long conflict of last spring on the redesign of social rules in the rail sector, the CGT is again ready to do battle at the SNCF. On its website, the first Union of the public Group announces he will call ‘ railway workers to act massively by the strike on February 2, 2017 […]» “s i Executive stubbornly do not meet the legitimate demands”.

These have been exposed in recent days as part of two requests for immediate cooperation (DCI, meetings with management of human resources, required before a strike notice). South rail, third organization of the SNCF, has joined these DCI and will most probably strike also on 2 February.

Both unions denounce pay policy of the public group ( “two consecutive years of wage freeze, and the third already announced”), the rundown (25,000 jobs of railwaymen have been lost over the last decade, according to them), the outsourcing of certain tasks and the passage in force on the adoption of the package-day executive management: without reaching an agreement the public company opted late December for the unilateral implementation of its proposals. “The climate within the SNCF becomes untenable”, ensures the CGT in his tract.

The Union has however failed to convince the two reformist unions, the Unsa and the CFDT, to join his action. “The demands of the movement seem to go beyond the edge of the SNCF”, justifies Roger Dillenseger, general Secretary of the Unsa rail, second of the group.