The CGT calls for a day of strike at the SNCF and draws criticism from the government

The health crisis, the new school year, the economic crisis … and now the social front. The CGT-Cheminots, the first union of the SNCF, filed a strike notice on Friday for the national day of action of September 17, launched by the CGT, joined by the FSU, Solidaires and youth organizations. This notice, published on the CGT-Cheminots Twitter account, runs from September 16 at 8:00 p.m. to September 18 at 7:55 a.m.

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The CGT, the FSU, Solidaires and the youth organizations Fidl, MNL, Unef and UNL call for “A first day of action” September 17, “According to methods to be defined in the professional sectors and the territories (strikes, demonstrations, gatherings, etc.)”.

Reduction of working time

“The question of employment is central: fight against precariousness and poverty, increase in wages, development of public services, definitive abandonment of the pension reform”, wrote these seven organizations Thursday in a joint statement. Faced with the coronavirus epidemic, they require in particular a reduction in working hours “Without loss of salary”, as well as free masks for middle school, high school and college students.

This call aroused strong criticism from the Minister of the Economy. “I am simply asking the question: what is this strike at the SNCF for? ” asked Bruno Le Maire, Saturday, August 29, on France Inter, ” What are the objectives? For what reasons today is the CGT calling for a strike at the SNCF, and what will that improve? “.

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