One of the biggest railroad strikes in recent years has started in France on Tuesday: heavy traffic jams have been generated since almost one-tenth of the trains were on the market.
The four largest railway trade unions plan to stop working every five days for two days in the next three months to protest government reform plans.
Workers must report 48 hours in advance if they want to take part in the strike. On the first day about half of the railroads, 77% of train drivers are involved in the stoppage of work, and similar participation is expected on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, only 12 percent of domestic flights are driven, but three quarters of international trains will be launched.
The reform and modernization of the French state railroad company (SNCF), which has nearly 140 million people, has been raised by one of the main tasks of Emmanuel Macron, has been tried by almost every government since 1995, but has been abandoned by trade union protests.
Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Tuesday that the government was ready for trial and dialogue. Negotiations on the transformation and preparation of the state-owned enterprise to liberalize the rail market have already started, and trade unions use the strike primarily as pressure.
One of the main goals 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. The new regulations would not apply to workers currently employed by the company, but only to future rail passengers.
According to trade unions, the government plans to privatize SNCF in the long run, but this is denied by the government. Trade unions demand that the government settle SNCF’s debts before launching the restructuring, but the government is bound to make such a conversion agreement.
According to polls, more than half of the French consider the railroad strike unjustified but the passengers first appeared on the first day at the train stations after SNCF gave advance information on the trains in advance to avoid chaos and reimbursed travel expenses for everyone one and a half million emails and SMSs were sent out of the expected breaks, and around 3,000 red waistcoats in the train stations help people find out.
On the Paris Ring Road, however, in the morning rush hour, a nearly five hundred-kilometer plug was formed.
According to analysts, between the trade unions supported by the 12 left-wing parties and the government, first of all, a communication war began to plummet each other and win the battle for which the public believes that reforming the reform and preventing the reform of service that is disruptive in the strike-free period .
The unified action of traditionally highly-divided French unions will also have their own future strength, as just 11 percent of French employees are members of a union. So far, social movements have fallen short of Emmanuel Macron, who has been elected chairman of the reform program in May 2017. On the weekend, the head of state indicated that he was calm and full of determination in the course of the reform, but that it was not denied in the governmental circles that they were expecting a very hard conflict.
In parallel with railroads, employees in the energy sector and garbage transporters are also stopping their work by demanding a unified national public service, as well as employees of the Air France airline strike on Tuesday, within a month, for the fourth time to boost their pay-as-you-go demands. Further strikes are expected to be barren on 7, 10 and 11.
Source: MTI / Image: news.ournet.hu /