France -Rail workers strike -March 09, 2015

A railway strike has been called as reforms were put into place in January and are intended to tackle the rail sector's soaring debt.

A railway strike has been called by the CGT trade union in protest against planned rail reforms. The contentious reforms were put into place in January and are intended to tackle the rail sector's soaring debt, which stands at more than €40 billion. The reforms aim to cut costs by bringing together 149,000 employees at train operator SNCF and the 1,500 at RFF railway network to eventually open up parts of the service to competition. The CGT is of the opinion that the reforms will lead to job losses without reducing debt.

English: http://www.thelocal.fr/20150309/french-rail-strike-minimal-disruption-expected

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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