SNCF traffic will be “almost normal” Thursday

Tomorrow, Thursday, three unions at Paris airports filed strike notices and the CGT-Cheminots, the rail group’s first union, called for a national strike. An update on rail and air traffic is in order. SNCF side, “all Transilien, TGV Inoui, Ouigo, Intercités, Eurostar, Thalys planned will run normally,” said SNCF management in a press release Wednesday. TER traffic will be “almost normal”, with “some adaptations linked to the social movement, especially in New Aquitaine and Occitanie”, specifies the railway company.

On the side of the Parisian airports of Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly, the call for a strike could lead Thursday to “possible difficulties of road access and delays on certain flights”, warned the management of Groupe ADP on Wednesday, which has “no quantified elements” on the mobilization. “At this stage, we are doing everything we can to limit the impact of the strike and the inconvenience to air traffic and passengers,” she added.

Flight cancellations cannot be ruled out

“Even if the management of ADP wants to minimize the impact, the movement will have greater repercussions than last Friday, where already significant delays were noted and 10,000 lost luggage,” said Daniel Bertone of the CGT. For this union official, “cancellations” of flights, “depending on the length of the blockages in and in front of the terminals” at Roissy and Orly, cannot be ruled out.

The CEO of ADP, Augustin de Romanet, had estimated Tuesday that this “strike of ground staff” should result in flight delays, but a priori without cancellations. “Our effort will aim to ensure that the planes are at most delayed,” he said on RTL. Management advises travelers to “anticipate” their arrival at airports and warns of “possible road access difficulties and delays on certain flights”. ADP’s Twitter account “will relay” Thursday “in real time” information on this social movement, the group said.

And this weekend?

Concerning rail transport on Saturday and Sunday: taking into account “several strike notices”, filed by the CGT-Cheminots, Unsa railway, SUD-Rail and CFDT-Cheminots, the “transport plan” of Ouigo will be “very slightly adapted “Saturday and Sunday, but” will take care of 100% of the customers “, underlines the SNCF.

For the airports of Paris, the strike notices of the three unions include the first weekend of the big departures on vacation. Unsa’s notice runs from Thursday to Monday, while the CGT and CFE-CGC call for a strike from Friday to Monday.

What demands?

Thursday morning, general meetings of employees will be organized at Roissy and Orly. Demonstrations are also scheduled for Friday morning at both airports. The unions demand the withdrawal of the adaptation plan for employment contracts (PACT) providing for the abolition of bonuses. In the event of refusal, the employees run the risk of dismissal. ADP justified these measures by the need to save money, while the Covid-19 pandemic has considerably affected the activity of the group, mainly owned by the State.

The CGT-Cheminots had only called on all SNCF employees to strike Thursday in particular to demand a general increase in wages, hiring and “real negotiations for a high level social status”. At Ouigo, during negotiations with the unions, the management proposed in particular an increase in a monthly allowance paid to controllers, as well as the payment of a bonus for controllers and sedentary agents, according to union sources. By calling a strike, the unions demanded more “recognition” for employees and denounced “degraded working conditions”.

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