What to expect from nationwide French strike tomorrow

Services across France will be affected tomorrow (September 29) by a cross-industry strike called by three national unions.

The CGT union noted that in times of high inflation, “it becomes increasingly difficult for many workers to go on holiday” but also “to fill the fridge”.

She calls for an increase in the French minimum wage (Smic) to 15 euros gross instead of the current 11.07 euros, unemployment benefits at the minimum wage level, pensions of 2,000 euros gross per month, full wage parity and a minimum salary, among other things, for people with certain qualifications.

For its part, the Solidaires union is calling for the Smic to be raised to EUR 1,700, wage increases for traditionally “female” jobs, a more significant increase in pensions, civil servant salaries and benefits, and a retirement age of 60.

Members of the FSU union were also called on to go on strike.

As regional rail networks and the Air Traffic Authority share information on how passengers will be affected, we summarize what to expect from the strike.

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Trains

Rail workers represented by the CGT, Sud-Rail and CFDT have been called to strike tomorrow and rail services are severely impacted in certain regions of France.

In Normandy, three out of four trains are canceled and no rail replacement buses are used.

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“Due to the driver shortage currently affecting the road transport industry, no bus replacement will be possible,” SNCF said.

Passengers are advised to check Assistant SNCF or the Nomad Train website for timetable updates.

Only 40% of TER trains will run in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Nord and Pas-de-Calais, reports La Voix du Nord.

In the Moselle, 11 of the 17 trains normally scheduled to run between Metz and Luxembourg before 10am tomorrow morning have been canceled and this situation will be repeated in the evening.

Also between Metz and Strasbourg there will only be a return trip in the form of a rail replacement bus.

The regional rail network of Occitania has announced that services will be “suspended throughout the region”. Customers are encouraged to check train times online.

In Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the Marseille-Nice and Marseille-Briançon lines are interrupted.

In Nouvelle-Aquitaine, the strike began yesterday evening (September 27).

The region’s TER network has announced that affected trains will be replaced by buses and is advising people to postpone their journeys if possible.

Other public transport

The CGT branch, which represents RATP, the Ile-de-France public transport operator, has announced a strike starting at 10pm today (September 28) and at 7am on Friday (September 30). clock ends.

Traffic on the Paris Métro as well as on the RER A should be normal, although one in four trains on the RER B will be cancelled.

Bus services will also be affected, with one in three not traveling across the network on average, although some lines will be more affected.

air travel

The air traffic control strike, which was due to start today and end on Friday, was called off by the SNCTA union.

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However, the USACcgt union has announced a strike affecting some administrative and technical airport workers from tonight until early Friday morning.

The civil aviation authority Direction générale de l’aviation civile (DGAC) has not found it necessary to cancel flights tomorrow, but there is a possibility of delays.

ports

The CGT National Federation of Ports and Docks has not called a nationwide strike tomorrow, but there may be some local action.

At the port of Marseille, for example, workers are expected to leave the house between 09:00 and 13:00.

schools

In kindergartens and elementary schools, staff planning a strike had to declare their intention 48 hours in advance so that parents would know whether their child’s teacher would be there tomorrow or not.

However, Collège and Lycée teachers are not obliged to do so.

School catering, after-school care teams and crèche assistants were also called on to go on strike. You can find out whether your child’s school, kindergarten or crèche is affected by contacting them or asking your Mairie.

Other public services

People in France may notice disruptions at their local Center des impôts or perhaps their Caisse d’allocations familiales (CAF) tomorrow, as these services are also affected by the strike call.

Around 200 protests are expected across France tomorrow. In Paris, a demonstration begins at 2:00 p.m. on Place Denfert-Rochereau, with the procession moving towards the Bastille.

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