French rail unions call rolling strikes over reform of state operator

Les syndicats de la SNCF, décidés à faire reculer l'exécutif sur la réforme du système ferroviaire, ont appelé jeudi les cheminots à entamer à partir des 3 et 4 avril une grève perlée qui pourrait s'étaler sur plusieurs semaines. /Photo d'archives/REUTERS/Stéphane Mahé
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French rail unions said on Thursday they had agreed to call a wave of rolling strikes from April 3, affecting 36 days over 3 month period, to protest against the government’s bid to reform the state-run rail operator SNCF.

The strikes will be held on two consecutive days out of every five, the unions added.

SSSSSOn Wednesday, the French government backed a bill, to fast-track through parliament the biggest shake-up of the debt-ridden SNCF since the railways were nationalised in the 1930s, including ending the right to jobs for life and removing early retirement provisions.

Source: Reuters
(Reporting by Sarah White, Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)

 

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