The deadline for signing an end-of-strike agreement was set for this Friday, December 2, 2022, at noon. Has a way out of the crisis been found?
Paul Gardey de Soos: “We have been negotiating with the unions for several weeks. The strike has been going on for three weeks with network disruptions. We made a serious global proposal on Wednesday, November 30, which was open for signature by the unions until Friday, December 2, at noon. They did not wish to sign this agreement to end the strike. We regret for our customers that the movement continues, because we believe we have done the job”.
What were your proposals, faced with the demands of the unions linked to the difficulty of keeping to the journey times?
“There were three demands from the unions: two of them are more internal to the company regarding time clocks and part-time workers, the third, more concrete for travelers, actually concerns journey times. On this third point, we agree with the CFDT: you need to have realistic travel times. This is good for the quality of customer service, but also for the working conditions of our employees. Since the end of September, we have been working to recalculate the times, which would be valid for the “autumn” part of our calendar. These hours have been applied since Monday, November 28. It is sometimes two, three, four, five or seven minutes (for line 2) more per trip. We are not in the dusting, it is fine analysis, race by race. We rely on the average times achieved during the fall for these new measurements. We consider that we have done a serious job”.
The notice runs until December 30. The hand is outstretched for the unions to come back with counter-proposals.
What is blocking between the parties today?
“The unions consider that this is not enough. They ask us to continue the analyses. So, despite what we have already done for a month and a half, we continue the work. We currently have buses circulating in Brest to measure travel times. Statistical analyzes are continuing. Maybe it will lead to other developments, during off-peak hours, evenings and weekends. There is a balance to be found. We think we were there, not them. Regarding the other two claims, we agree to the request to install a clock in the cable car. It has been in place since Friday morning. On the subject of part-time work, we were in line with the unions and we were ready to commit ourselves to accepting all new requests for part-time work”.
So will the strike continue until December 30, 2022?
“The strike notice runs until December 30. For now, the strike continues. The unions issued new demands in mid-November. The CFDT asked for the postponement of the professional elections, considering that the context was not favorable, as well as the hiring of two people on permanent contracts, currently on fixed-term contracts. On these points, we agree. It’s not in the notice but we agree to move, in a logic of social dialogue and resumption of service. Despite everything, on our side, the social dialogue is open. The hand is outstretched for them to come back with counter-proposals. We did the job and we do not understand that the strike continues.
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