Despite the strikes, the SNCF promises “almost normal” traffic on Thursday (illustrative photo of June 2, 2021)

TRANSPORT – SNCF traffic will be “almost normal” this Thursday, July 1, with only a few disruptions for the regional express trains (TER), while the circulation of low-cost TGV Ouigo will be “slightly adapted” this weekend, due to calls for a strike, management said on Wednesday.

Thursday, day of call for a national strike launched by the CGT-Cheminots, first union of the railway group, “all the Transilien, TGV Inoui, Ouigo, Intercités, Eurostar, Thalys planned will circulate normally”, indicates the SNCF in a press release.

TER traffic will be “almost normal”, with “some adaptations linked to the social movement, especially in New Aquitaine and Occitanie”, specifies the railway company.

Increase in wages and hiring

This weekend, taking into account “several strike notices”, filed by CGT-Cheminots, Unsa railway, SUD-Rail and CFDT-Cheminots, Ouigo’s “transport plan” will be “very slightly adapted” on Saturday and Sunday, but “will take care of 100% of customers,” said SNCF.

The CGT-Cheminots had only called on all SNCF employees to strike Thursday in particular to demand a general increase in wages, hiring and “real negotiations for a high level social status”.

At Ouigo, during negotiations with the unions, the management proposed in particular an increase in a monthly allowance paid to controllers, as well as the payment of a bonus for controllers and sedentary agents, according to union sources. By calling a strike, the unions demanded more “recognition” for employees and denounced “degraded working conditions”.

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