Bad news for the Julyists.
The strike of SNCF employees began on Wednesday with forecasts of the cancellation of one out of four TGVs and three out of five TERs, as vacation departures begin.
In Bordeaux this morning, calm prevailed in the halls of Gare Saint-Jean, with no crowds or scenes of nervousness.
At 8:45 a.m., out of a dozen trains on display, two TGVs for Paris were delayed by 45 minutes, as well as a TER for Périgueux, noted an AFP journalist on the spot.
Same observation in Paris.
At Montparnasse station, mobilized agents directed passengers.
No trains were canceled at 8 am, but some were late.
The traffic is "in line with forecasts and everything that is planned is rolling", indicated a little before 8 a.m. the SNCF.
i ️ National social movement: train traffic will be disrupted on all lines on 06/07:
TRANSILIEN: heavily disrupted
traffic TER: heavily disrupted traffic
TGV INOUI & OUIGO: disrupted traffic
INTERCITES: disrupted traffic
TGV INTERNATIONAL: normal traffic
– SNCF (@SNCF) July 5, 2022
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Unions demand wage hikes
As rail prepares for a record summer after two years marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, the four representative unions of the SNCF (CGT, Unsa, SUD-Rail and CFDT) have called for a strike this Wednesday to demanding wage increases in the face of soaring inflation.
The strike notice went into effect at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Local traffic in Ile-de-France is also very disrupted, with one in two trains on lines B, C, D, E of the RER, and on lines J, L, N, R, U of the Transilien.
Many Intercity trains have been removed, with one in three trains on average on the rails, and no traffic on the Nantes-Bordeaux, Nantes-Lyon or Toulouse-Hendaye lines.
Night trains are cancelled, with the exception of Paris-Nice.
All customers whose journeys have been canceled have normally been notified by SMS, SNCF Voyageurs indicated on Tuesday.
The carrier offered train changes, but also encouraged users to stay in telework or postpone their trip.
Ticket exchange at no additional cost
In the event of a canceled train, "you must not be reimbursed and buy another ticket, which will be at today's price and therefore more expensive, but you must make an exchange: the ticket will be at the same price as the one you had paid initially, it is without additional cost ”, specified the SNCF.
Holiday departures have already been disrupted since the end of June by strikes by employees and subcontractors of Aéroports de Paris, firefighters from Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle, companies EasyJet and Ryanair, in particular, causing the cancellation of a few hundred flights.
The CEO of the SNCF Jean-Pierre Farandou had estimated at the end of June that the departures on vacation were "not threatened", despite this call for a strike, ensuring that the wages of the railway workers would be increased.
According to the unions, salaries at the SNCF have not been revalued since 2014. "Between the opening to competition and eight years of salary freeze, everyone wonders what sauce it will be eaten", had underlined end of June Fabien Dumas, federal secretary SUD-Rail.
The management of the SNCF has planned a round table with the unions this Wednesday.
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