The strike against the pension reform will continue to disrupt traffic at SNCF and RATP on Tuesday, with another 40% of TGVs in circulation and six metro lines closed, the two public companies announced on Monday.
On the rail side, traffic will still be “very disrupted”, according to the railway company, which also plans to run 40% of TER (partly by coach), as well as 20% of Intercities and Transiliens.
In Ile-de-France, precisely, several lines “will close early at the end of the day” and will not reopen until Wednesday “in the early afternoon”, warns the SNCF, inviting users to “check the train schedules , especially for their Tuesday evening trips. “
On the metro side, the RATP is again counting on disrupted traffic, with six completely closed lines (3bis, 5, 6, 7bis, 12 and 13). Only automatic lines 1, 14 and Orlyval will operate normally.
As in recent days, traffic will be partially provided during peak hours on lines 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10, as well as on lines 2 and 11 in the morning (6.30 / 9.30 a.m.) and on line 3 after- noon (4.30 p.m. / 7.30 p.m.).
On the surface, two thirds of the buses will circulate and the tram traffic will be “close to normal”, says the authority.
On the RER, there will only be one train out of two on average during rush hour on line A, and one in three on line B, where the interconnection will remain “interrupted” at Gare du Nord, forcing passengers changing trains back and forth.
On Wednesday, apart from the automatic lines, “all the other metro lines will be closed”, just like RER A, only RER B must operate on the South branch, with one train in three between 12 noon and 6 pm.
The SNCF reminds for its part that all TGV, Ouigo and Intercités “open for booking on oui.sncf until Thursday, December 26 inclusive are guaranteed to run” and announces that it will be the same Tuesday “from 5:00 pm” for “trains until Sunday 29 December inclusive”.
“Celebrating Christmas among strikers”
Approaching Christmas Eve, the railroaders are increasing their actions on Tuesday to maintain the mobilization against the pension reform, on which the government has set January 7 to resume discussions with the social partners.
No Christmas miracle concerning the transport situation, for this twentieth day of strike. Tuesday, as expected, 40% of TGV and TER trains and 20% of Intercités and Transiliens, according to SNCF.
For users of the Paris metro, no change either in what became a routine in December, with six metro lines still completely closed. Only the two automatic lines 1, 14 and the Orlyval run normally while on the RER side, the pace is the same as Monday. Two out of three buses were in circulation in the capital.
In addition, the SNCF warns that in Ile-de-France, several lines “will close early at the end of the day” on Tuesday and will only reopen on Wednesday “in the early afternoon”. It will communicate during the day on the TGV and Ouigo traffic during the weekend of 28-29, for the crossover of the Christmas holidays.
To maintain the flame, the CGT-Cheminots has planned actions all week, with in particular “a set of initiatives to celebrate Christmas between strikers”, in the words of its secretary general, Laurent Brun.
As of Monday, Christmas “banquets” were organized, such as at the Fleury-les-Aubrais (Loiret) station, where some of the 80 or so striking railway workers dressed up as Santa Claus. “We organized this to have a protest and convivial moment”, summarized Marion Gazeaux, of the CGT.
This kind of initiative should happen again on Tuesday, like a “strike meal” organized at noon by SUD-Rail Gare de Lyon in Paris, or rallies.
While waiting for a “highlight” Saturday 28, explained Erik Meyer (SUD-Rail), with mobilizations throughout the territory, at the call of the CGT-Cheminots and SUD-Rail.
Protesters briefly blocked traffic on line 1 of the Paris metro on Monday and occupied the Gare de Lyon train tracks. “We are told that there is no strike, that everything is going well … The goal was to show a certain form of determination”, explained to AFP Fabien Villedieu, SUD-Rail delegate who participated in this surprise action.
“The country is blocked, people cannot take the train, there is a social anger like never”, he denounced, urging the government to “stop (r) his vacation”.
But the executive, which wants to replace the 42 existing pension plans with a “universal system” by points, excludes going back on the “abolition of special plans”, including those of the RATP and the SNCF, recalled its new ” Monsieur Retraites “, Laurent Pietraszewski.
Matignon communicated Monday evening its program of consultations with the social partners: they will be received on January 7 by the Ministers of Labor and Health, Muriel Pénicaud and Agnès Buzyn, as well as by Mr. Pietraszewski and Olivier Dussopt (Civil Service), to talk about arduousness and management of career endings.
Discussions will continue, including with other members of the government, before the bill is presented to the Council of Ministers on January 22, to discuss in particular the end of career in the hospital, the gradual retirement of civil servants or remuneration teachers.
At the same time, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe “will propose (…) a working method” concerning the financial balance of the pension system during the “week of January 6”.
“The subjects on which we are proposed to discuss have nothing to do with the universal pension system”, denounced Monday on BFMTV the number one of the Labor Force, Yves Veyrier, again calling on the government to give up outright reform. With the CGT, FO will once again be on the street on January 9.