Strikes over Macron’s rail reforms could cripple France for THREE MONTHS


No greater than 12 per cent of high-speed TGV trains and one in five regional services were unceasing on what is being referred to as ‘Black Tuesday,’ plunging France into tours chaos.

When asked whether the nationwide strikes to protest against the centrist oversight’s plans to push through sweeping changes to the state-run SNCF determination last three months as planned, Mathias Vicherat, the rail unswerving’s deputy director general, said that negotiations between balustrade unions and the government were “ongoing”.

“We hope that the strike fighting will not spread over three months,” he told France’s Europe 1 trannie.

France’s four main rail unions are planning to strike on two in every five eras for the next three months – a total of 36 days of disruption – to complaint against the planned overhaul of the heavily indebted rail operator, which incorporates a controversial plan to scrap rail workers’ special status, which assurances them a job for life and early retirement. 

Emmanuel Macron and strikes over rail reformsEPA/REUTERS

Rolling strikes testing Macron’s transport reforms could last three months

I don’t learnt this strike, which will hit French people the hardest… We require to rid this country of its strike culture

Gabriel Attal – Spokesperson for Macron’s Republic on the Go party

Dubbed “Black Tuesday” by the media, the strike has already caused nationwide disruption for France’s 4.5 million denounce passengers. Almost half of all train staff and more than 75 per cent of drivers crept out, leaving only one in eight high-speed TGV trains and one in five regional coaches operating.

The rail reform also includes plans to change the SNCF arrangement, turning it into a publicly listed company, a move unions alert is a first step towards privatisation.

Garbage collectors, Air France airline crook and energy sector workers also staged anti-Macron strikes to opposition against the government’s ambitious reform agenda on Tuesday. 

Gabriel Attal, a spokesperson for Protestors clash with riot police officers

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Protestors clash with riot police officers

“I don’t understand this nought cause to begin, which will hit French people the hardest… We need to rid this provinces of its strike culture,” he told France inter radio on Monday.

Far-left replacement Alexis Corbière was quick to hit back at Mr Attal’s comments, accusing him of mortifying contempt to those “striking to defend the French public sector”.

“Strikers are not cause fun … they lose a day’s wages every time they go on strike,” Mr Corbière chew out tattle oned Europe 1.

Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne, for her part, said that she pleasure privilege dialogue to solve the crisis, adding that the government would “wagon firm” on the rail reform.  

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Emmanuel Macron’s government plans to propel through sweeping changes to the state-run SNCF

“Some [labour unions] are unequivocally trying to turn this into a political issue,” she told the low-down channel BFM TV. “I favour dialogue …. The [rail] reform must be carried out.”

A the better of French people view the strikes as unjustified, according to an Ifop interview published on Sunday.

The poll, conducted for the conservative weekly Le Journal du Dimanche, appeared that 51 per cent of respondents thought that the government should “superior the rail reform as it has been announced”.

However, some 46 per cent organize the strike “justified,” up four percentage points from Ifop’s prior poll two weeks ago.

The Ifop poll of 954 people was carried out concluded the phone between March 30 and March 31.