Pension reform: a strike notice filed with SNCF on Thursday
While a second cross-industry demonstration against the pension reform is scheduled for Tuesday 31 January, a strike complaint will be filed by CGT-Cheminots, the first union at SNCF, from this Thursday 26 January.
A strong mobilization is taking shape. After the success of the first day of strikes against pension reform on January 19, which police say involved more than a million protesters, the unions are now planning the second interprofessional mobilization, scheduled for Tuesday January 31.
As a result, CGT-Cheminot announced in a January 19 press release that it had “issued a strike notice for all GPU agents for the period from Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. to Thursday, February 2, 2023. at 8:00 a.m. .
It is currently difficult to say whether this cancellation of the strike will lead to major disruptions on the SNCF network.
On the RATP side, the CGT urged employees “to get involved in all local initiatives proposed by our organizations from January 23 and to make January 31 a strong day of strikes and mobilizations to calling on the government to end its strike not only for pension reform, but also for pension reform that brings about social progress”.
A renewable strike?
As the government tries to defend its pension reform, which has been fiercely contested by the French, the rail branch of the CGT union threatened on Tuesday with an extendable strike “from mid-February” if the executive does not withdraw its joint brochure with SUD-Rail, the second SNCF -Composite.
“The associations UNSA Ferroviaire and CFDT Cheminots did not want to pursue this proposal for the time being. SUD-Rail was not closed as a matter of principle,” said the CGT railway department on Tuesday, January 24th.
The two organizations initially called for two days of action within the railway company on February 7th and 8th, thereby threatening the school holidays. “From the moment the government insists on what causes conflicts, there is the possibility of days of action during the school holidays,” said the Secretary General of the CGT Philippe Martinez on RTL on Sunday, who hopes that the strike of the next 31 mobilize “more young people, more employees, more retirees”.