The trade unions, the reformists of the SNCF refuse to continue the strike


PARIS (Reuters) – The trade unions, the reformists of the SNCF, the CFDT and Unsa, have rejected the proposal of the CGT to continue the strike in July, even before the intersyndicale, which ended on Tuesday evening, actant the end of the unitarian movement that started on 3 April.

The four representative trade unions of the SNCF – CFDT, CGT, Unsa and Sud – Rail met Tuesday in federal-to-federal to discuss the continuation of the movement beyond the 28 June, due date agreed upon in inter.

The CGT-cheminots was alone Friday in announcing the lawsuit in July of the strike against the reform of the SNCF, beyond the 28 June, although the bill was finally adopted by the Parliament.

Unsa reported Monday that the CGT was planning to extend the strike the 2, 6 and 7 July next, the dates that the secretary-general of the CGT, Philippe Martinez, declined Tuesday to confirm it in detail.

The CGT “will tomorrow (Wednesday) the terms and conditions which will be applied in July, August and September,” said Lawrence Brown, secretary-general of the federation of railway workers, in front of journalists at the end of the meeting.

The federal secretary South Rail Erik Meyer has shown to be favourable to a continuation of the strike.

Unsa railway, which had announced Tuesday morning that it would not prosecute the motion after the June 28, intends to maintain the pressure through means alternative to the strike.

“One out of three months of building intense and important. There are disagreements, we will continue to work, but not during the summer period”, told Reuters the deputy secretary general of the Unsa railway, Florent Monteilhet.


If, for the Unsa, trade union unity is no longer as strong as in the beginning, it can be “rebuilt fairly quickly when it is necessary to weigh”, said the secretary general of the CFDT railwaymen, Didier Aubert, in front of the camera, LCI.

A little earlier, it was considered “premature” the decision of a continuation of the movement beyond the 28 June.

“It is not a question for the CFDT to compete today,” he added, arguing that after the amendments obtained on the law and the guarantees provided for in the collective agreement, only the negotiation of the pact rail company SNCF continued to represent a “lock”.

The minister of Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, was called Tuesday to the end of the movement.

“You need to know to end a strike. The French people decided, through its representatives, who have voted with a large majority for the reform project of the SNCF,” he said on BFM TV.

The first sentence, borrowed from the secretary general of the French communist Party, Maurice Thorez during the strikes of the popular Front, has already been taken in this context by the government, including the minister of the Action and of the public Accounts, Gérald Darmanin.

But the two tenants of Bercy have quoted only partially, Maurice Thorez, who had the opinion that”it is necessary to know to stop a strike as soon as satisfaction has been obtained.”

(Arthur Connan, Julie Carriat and Myriam Rivet, edited by Yves Clarisse)

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