France - New statutes for railway workers disputed - February 28, 2018

Strike actions are being discussed by unions in reaction to Macron’s plans to reform rail system and cut rail workers special employment rights. One of the fears of the unions had expressed is that the rail system will be privatised after an advisory report 10 days ago suggested turning SNCF into an autonomous company backed by public funds. The prime minister stated that SNCF would not be privatised but remains state-owned. But the plans for cutting rail workers’ special employment status seem to be very real. Many rail workers have jobs for life and, in some cases, the right to retire in their 50s – a decade earlier than other public workers. Under government plans, these historical privileges would not be applied to new rail staff.

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