It should ultimately be better than expected.

SNCF announced Friday that it would run 8 TGV Atlantique out of 10 on Saturday, improving its initial traffic forecasts while the drivers of these TGVs are called to strike from Friday noon to Monday noon by three unions.

For this first holiday weekend of All Saints' Day, the railway group had initially planned 2 TGV Atlantique out of 3 in circulation on Saturday, but the traffic will be "improved" - from 66% to 80% of the trains insured - thanks to "The mobilization of all available teams" and "the optimization of the organization of the transport plan," said SNCF in a press release.

The forecasts for Friday and Sunday are unchanged, a spokesperson told AFP.

The SNCF will therefore run 9 out of 10 TGV Atlantique trains on Friday, then 2 out of 3 trains on Sunday.

Possibility of getting a refund or exchanging your ticket

Limited to the “TGV Atlantique axis”, this social movement “concerns the TGV Inoui and Ouigo from and to Brittany, Pays-de-la-Loire, Center-Val-de-Loire, New Aquitaine and Toulouse », Underlined the group.

"The transport plan is therefore normal on all other TGV axes," the statement continued.

"Each customer has already been contacted to be individually informed about the movement of his train, and can be reimbursed or exchanged for another date and this free of charge," said SNCF.

Unions denounce "degraded" working days

The CGT-Cheminots, SUD-Rail and CFDT-Cheminots unions call on TGV Atlantique drivers to strike from Friday noon to Monday noon to protest in particular against their working conditions and their salaries.

Negotiations, carried out for several days with the management, had not made it possible to lift this call to strike, which could be renewed every weekend, from Friday noon to Monday noon. This strike notice is "unlimited", told AFP Fabien Dumas, federal secretary of SUD-Rail, believing that the movement could "extend to controllers".

In a common leaflet, CGT-Cheminots, SUD-Rail and CFDT-Cheminots explain that "for weeks", they "have not ceased to challenge management on the growing discontent" of train drivers on the TGV Atlantique axis. , who suffer from "disorganization", with "degraded" working days, "always longer", with "a decrease in average remuneration".

They also protest against "the decline in the workforce", which leads to "refusals of leave".

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