(Illustration) Users wait for their train at the Saint-Lazare station in Paris during a strike by the Parisian public transport operator RATP and SNCF employees against the pension reform, on December 16. - AFP
Traffic at RATP will be "almost normal" Wednesday, despite a new day of inter-professional mobilization against pension reform, announced Monday RATP CEO Catherine Guillouard, who believes that the unlimited strike is "behind us".
"For Wednesday, at this point, the level of strike action is very low compared to previous episodes. The traffic should therefore be almost normal, ”said Catherine Guillouard in an interview with the Parisian. "The unlimited strike is behind us," she added, while the public transport authority in Paris experienced a strike movement of more than 50 days, with very disrupted traffic.
"Concrete concessions" granted
Unions opposed to the reform called for an eighth national interprofessional day on Wednesday, a meeting will also be held to decide on the continuation of the movement, which began on December 5.
For the patron of RATP, the unions of the company have obtained "concrete concessions", such as the so-called "Italian" clause on the calculation of acquired rights or even a long transition period. "Yes, the special regimes will be abolished, but the transition phase will be long, suitable, and respectful of the RATP social contract," said Catherine Guillouard.
No refund for the month of January?
She recalled that the strike cost the company about 200 million euros, even if its accounts "will stay in the green" in 2019, thanks to "sound management" during the year. In addition, the mondedommagementnavigo.com website allowing users to request the reimbursement of their subscription for the month of December will be effective "by the end of the week," she said.
She did not specify if a reimbursement was envisaged for the month of January, however affirming that "since January 13, our minimum service is assured on all networks, including the metro".
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