Social. Strike at SNCF and in schools on Thursday: what to expect?

The CGT, FSU, Solidaires and youth organizations are calling for a day of strike and demonstration on Thursday: the reasons for dissatisfaction are numerous and varied depending on the sector, with the wage issue in the background, but the mobilization promises to be moderate , while perhaps waiting to ramp up on the theme of pensions.

Public transport will be the first affected. If the interprofessional strike days generally mobilize quite little at the SNCF, this time, « it looks better than usual », according to Fabien Dumas, federal secretary SUD-Rail. Especially since the CFDT-Cheminots is also calling for a strike, unlike the CFDT. « There is a strong expectation on the subject of wages » at the SNCF, justifies the general secretary of the union, Thomas Cavel.

Disruptions from Wednesday 8 p.m. to Friday 8 a.m.

What are the consequences for traffic? « Following a national interprofessional social movement, the circulation of your TGV, Intercités, OUIGO will be disrupted from Wednesday September 28 at 8 p.m. to Friday September 30 at 8 a.m. » announces the SNCF on its site, pending more detailed forecasts. The TER will be affected differently depending on the region.

In the Paris region, traffic on the RATP network will be disrupted on buses (2 out of 3 buses), trams (9 out of 10 trams) and on the RER B (3 out of 4 trains). Metro and RER A traffic will, on the other hand, be “normal”, assured the RATP in a press release.

On the Eurostar traffic side, traffic will be normal.

No disruptions to be expected on the plane side: the national union of air traffic controllers, which had called for a strike on September 28, 29 and 30, finally lifted its notice last week after awage agreement.

On the national education side, where the main teachers’ unions are calling for a strike on Thursday, the mobilization promises to be substantial, especially since the movement only lasts 24 hours.

20% of primary teachers on strike?

According to the Snuipp-FSU, the first union of the first degree, nearly 20% of primary school teachers will be on strike, with a strong disparity: 40% in Paris with 10% of schools closed, 48% in Seine-Saint-Denis. In the Bouches-du-Rhône, 300 schools will be closed. In Metz, according to The Lorraine Republican23 of the 24 school canteens in the city should be idling.

Even if it has not been applied in recent years due to the Covid health protocol, law n° 2008-790 of August 20, 2008 provides for a minimum service in nursery and elementary schools in the event of a strike. Concretely, this « right of reception » is supposed to be ensured by the State when there are less than 25% of striking teachers, and by the municipality when more than one teacher in four goes on strike.

This minimum service does not apply in colleges and high schools, which could therefore be even more disrupted.

TotalEnergies strike: shutdown of the Normandy refinery, the largest in France

The hydrocarbon giant TotalEnergies was forced to start shutting down the Normandy refinery near Le Havre, the largest in France, on Wednesday, as a result of a strike for purchasing power at the call of the CGT. This shutdown « for security reasons » is « not yet effective because it requires several days », indicated TotalEnergies.

« We are taking the long term: a refinery, to shut it down, it takes five days, to restart it it takes about the same thing, so we start at least over ten days without refining and petrochemical production, we will largely exceed the day of September 29, ”said Thierry Defresne, CGT secretary of the European works council TotalEnergies SE.

The CGT is calling for a salary increase of 10% for the year 2022, the « unfreezing of hiring » in France and « a massive investment plan » in France, demands already at the origin of movements on 24 June and July 28th.


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