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SNCF still threatened by strikes for the end of year celebrations – France

Time is running out and the threat of social movements persists for the end of the year at the SNCF. The day of Friday will not have allowed (for the moment) to settle the conflict with the signalmen. The management of SNCF Réseau has however put on the table “a fixed monthly allowance of 60 euros (gross)” paid from June 2023 on a permanent basis to recognize the specificities of the profession.

It has also agreed to give traffic officers a ten-minute “duty break” each time they take service. The switchers, who work in 3×8 shifts, must indeed arrive earlier or leave later at the time of the relief to pass the baton to the next team.

Strike maintained

Insufficient for SUD-Rail which asked for 20 minutes and 300 euros per month in addition, “cash for retirement and maintained in case of incapacity”. The union therefore maintained its call for a strike from Thursday December 15 at 8 p.m. to Monday December 19 at 8 a.m., i.e. the entire first weekend of the school holidays.

The SNCF signalmen operate the network and without them, the trains cannot run. “There is still time for the SNCF management to continue negotiations if it wants to avoid a major conflict”, insisted SUD-Rail in a press release, calling on traffic officers to continue to “massively file” their declarations of intent, required to go on strike.

The CGT, it, considered the measures “Widely insufficient”, declared Friday on BFMTV its secretary general, Philippe Martinez. “The CGT will consult the union members, the employees, and there will be a decision taken on Tuesday”.

“Real progress”

“We find that the proposals that have been made are real progress”, on the other hand considered Yoann Saugues, federal secretary Unsa-Ferroviaire. The union has given itself until Tuesday to consult its members.

In the evening, the director of human resources of SNCF Réseau, Misoo Yoon, also put forward a “constructive and good level social dialogue” with proposals hailed as “real progress by 3 trade unions out of 4”. “We are the maximum of the maximum of what we can do. We hope that these proposals will be heard so as not to penalize the French when they go on vacation. »

Conflict with controllers appeased

If there is not much time left to find a way out of the conflict with the signalmen, the one with the controllers, of a different nature because led by a collective claiming no union membership, has entered a phase of more peaceful dialogue.

Two notices were given for the Christmas and New Year weekends. On Thursday, a round table was held between all the unions representing the SNCF, the collective and SNCF Voyageurs, the company which employs the employees working in the trains. It proposed a permanent bonus of 600 euros per year as well as measures to ensure a more fluid career path allowing faster development.

“We are really not far from an agreement,” Nicolas Limon, one of the founders of the collective which brings together nearly 3,000 skippers to a Facebook group, told AFP. “There are stumbling blocks on the projection of controllers in relation to their career development. We have been wronged in our career paths for 10 or 15 years and we would like some catch-up measures. »

One week to make the decision

Management, which described the exchanges as “positive”, gave controllers a week to review the measures and make a decision, which would lead to the lifting of strike notices or not.

Last year, a strike by drivers on the southeast axis of the TGV was narrowly avoided thanks to a last-minute agreement just before the first weekend of the Christmas holidays. Despite this, a day of disturbances could not be avoided.

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