Although the public still does not support sectoral protests, workers from French airline Air France and French railroaders are continuing their Monday and Tuesday rolling strikes.
A new strike day for Air France employees will make 75 percent of the flights. This will be the tenth stoppage of work for a protest in February to protest.
According to the airline’s management on Sunday, overseas flights are 65, 65 for Europeans and about 85 percent for Europeans on Monday, 28 for pilots, 19 for airplanes and 13 percent for ground crew.
Air France announced on Friday that it will launch an internal consultation to convince workers of the unanimous wage agreement, with the result of a negative vote from April 26 to early May Jean-Marc Janaillac, the president of Air France, has resigned.
The 11 trade unions in the sector strike for wage increases and require a minimum raise of 6%, while management has initially been able to raise a 1% increase in the real value of the wages, modifying it last year to 2% this year and an additional 3.6% between 2019 and 2021 but the unions did not accept the offer. According to the management, employees’ claims can not be met without damaging the company’s long-term growth plan. The French airline has not been paying wages since 2011.
According to the airline’s management, the strike has caused losses of up to 300 million euros.
Strong railers have been stalled Monday and Tuesday against the government’s reform since early April, superstructures (TGVs) 35 and 40 percent of fast trains will travel.
Guillaume Pepy, Head of State Railways, SNCF, says the traffic situation is improving compared to the previous work stoppage and “the strike is slowly worn out”, as 80 percent of railroads are already working. Mostly, train drivers strike, on Monday about 60 percent do not get the job, but this rate is less than 77 percent in early April. According to Guillaume Pepy, “passengers simply have enough.”
The reform and modernization of SNCF, with nearly 140 billion people in debt, nearly 50 billion euros, promises to be one of the main tasks of Head of State Emmanuel Macron. Since 1995, almost every government has tried it, but it has given up on trade union protests.
According to the latest survey published by the IFOP polling institute on Sunday, contrary to the 1995 strike, railways have been closely monitored by the public and only 43% of the respondents consider it legitimate. At the beginning of the week, this rate was still 46 percent. The survey also revealed that 61 percent of the French want the government to go through the reform, which is 10 percent more than in March.
At the 577-seat lower house of Parliament, 454 members voted in favor of 80 against the Bill of Rights for Reforming the State Railways (SNCF) on Tuesday, including representatives of the Party of Emmanuel Macron Republic (LREM), and the right-wing Republicans and centrists also supported the draft law, while the three opposition leftist factions, the Socialists, the Communists and the radical leftists voted against it, 29 Members abstained.
The reform will prepare for SNCF’s liberalization of rail freight from 2020, when, as the market opens gradually, foreign rail companies can operate trains on French TGV routes.
The main purpose of the government is to eliminate the exceptional situation of railroad workers, which guarantees lifelong employment and retirement between 50 and 55 years, while the majority of French people are subject to a 62-year retirement age. This change will enter into force for workers entering the railroad from 2020.
SNCF’s nearly EUR 50 billion debt, which is estimated to expand to EUR 62 billion by 2026, is not covered by the proposal. However, Emmanuel Macron, head of state in an interview, promised that the state will gradually take on the burden of developing the super-advertisers (TGV) from 1 January 2020.
The strike will be on Monday and Tuesday after the fifth phase of Tuesday, and the trade unions will work on Saturday and Sunday.
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