Two railway unions are jointly calling for mobilization. The CGT-Cheminots and SUD-Rail proposed, Tuesday, January 24, a renewable strike “from mid-February” to the SNCF if the government did not withdraw its pension reform project.
In a joint leaflet, the organisations, respectively first and third trade union of the railway company and totaling more than half of the votes in the last professional elections, called in the first place for “two consecutive days of strike on February 7 and 8” then “all other sectors” to join, so “to raise the balance of power”.
Since the start of the school year, the unions in the transport sector have been preparing to lead the battle against the extension of the legal retirement age. The special scheme for railway workers has been officially closed since 1er January 2020 for new entrants. This does not prevent the trade unions of employees from being all mobilized together against the reform which very directly concerns 20% of the workforce.
A mobilization that coincides with school holidays
In addition, unions have called on railway workers to “act massively by strike on January 31”, the second day of national mobilization against the pension reform after the – very popular – one of the 19th. That day, SNCF traffic had been very seriously disrupted, with between one train in three and one train in five according to the TGV lines. Only one in ten trains traveled on the regional network.
In their leaflet, the two organizations proposed to railway workers to “to meet in general assemblies from January 31 and to debate the intensification of action” with these two days of mobilization on February 7 and 8, then, in case the government does not back down, to consider the strike renewable by periods of twenty-four hours from mid-February (adaptable according to the interprofessional calendar).
On February 7 and 8, the winter holidays will have started in part of France, including the academies of Bordeaux and Lyon. The deadline of the ” mid February “ would correspond to the start week of the holidays for the academies of the Paris region, Toulouse and Montpellier.