Pension reform: a strike notice filed with the SNCF from Thursday

While a second interprofessional demonstration against the pension reform is scheduled for Tuesday, January 31, a strike notice will be filed by the CGT-Cheminots, the first union at the SNCF, from this Thursday, January 26.

A strong mobilization is taking shape. After the success of the first day of strike against the pension reform, last January 19, which brought together more than a million demonstrators according to police figures, the unions are now looking at the second interprofessional mobilization scheduled for Tuesday, January 31 .

As a result, the CGT-Cheminot announced, in a press release dated January 19, that it was filing “a strike notice covering all GPU agents for the period from Wednesday January 25 at 7 p.m. to Thursday February 2, 2023 at 8 a.m. “.

For the time being, it is difficult to say whether this strike notice will cause major disruptions on the SNCF network.

On the RATP side, the CGT called on employees to “take part, from January 23, in all the local initiatives proposed by our organizations and to make January 31 a strong day of strikes and mobilizations, to demand from the government to abandon its pension reform but, also, to demand a pension reform that will bring about social progress”.

A renewable strike?

While the government is trying to defend its pension reform, widely contested by the French, the railway branch of the CGT union brandished on Tuesday the threat of a renewable strike “from mid-February” if the executive does not withdraw its project , in a joint leaflet with SUD-Rail, the second SNCF union.

“The UNSA Ferroviaire and CFDT Cheminots federations did not wish to follow up on this proposal, for the time being. SUD-Rail was not closed in principle”, indicated the railway branch of the CGT this Tuesday, January 24.

The two organizations initially called for two days of action within the railway company on February 7 and 8, thus threatening school holidays. “From the moment the government persists in what causes conflict, there is the possibility of days of action during school holidays”, had already noted the secretary general of the CGT Philippe Martinez, Sunday on RTL, who hopes that the strike of next January 31 will mobilize “more young people, more employees, more retirees”.

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