This is “A national day of action” which the unions are preparing for Thursday, September 17. Ten days earlier, the CGT-Cheminots filed a strike notice, before being joined by the FSU, Solidaires, youth organizations as well as the CGT-RATP.
“The issue of employment is central: fight against insecurity and poverty, increase in wages, development of public services, definitive abandonment of the pension reform”, defended the seven organizations 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. A rally is scheduled at Place de la République at 2 p.m.
The notice extends from Wednesday evening at 10 p.m. to Friday morning at 7:55 a.m. However, the movement should have only a slight impact on public transport and the rail network, assured RATP and SNCF. The latter, in fact, indicated on Tuesday 16 in a press release, that traffic would be “normal on the entire network”.
“What is this strike for?”
This is also what the Minister of Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, said the day before on Europe 1, assuring that the strike will be “Rather small” and qualifying the movement of“illegible” while the government has announced a support package of 5 billion euros for rail transport as part of the recovery plan. “What is this strike at the SNCF for?” What are the objectives ? For what reasons today does the CGT call for a strike at the SNCF and what will improve for the railway workers ”, for his part questioned the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire. “I find it difficult to understand that we are launching a strike call at the SNCF when we have just shut down 35 billion euros in debt of the SNCF and that everyone knows (…) that there will be in the recovery plan – the Prime Minister will specify it next week – massive investments in rail transport ”, he added the day after the strike call.