Unitary appeal of railway unions to demonstrate on June 4 in Paris

Illustration image of the SNCF. – PATRICK LEVEQUE / SIPA

The four representative unions of railway workers called in a unitary statement issued Thursday to demonstrate on June 4 in Paris to "weigh on the negotiations" as part of the railway reform and "defend the rights of railway workers."

"A massive gathering of railway workers should allow to weigh on the negotiations to come and show our unity and solidarity," say CGT-Cheminots, Unsa-Ferroviaire, Sud-Rail and CFDT-Cheminots in their first inter-union leaflet since the announcement of this event mid-April.

A "bad" reform

Nearly a year after the final adoption of the railway pact, the four unions are calling for the "creation of high-level social rules that guarantee that there will be no social dumping" at the level of the railway branch whose the convention is under negotiation. "The employers refuse for the moment this objective, it wants minimum rules of protection of the railwaymen and blocks the negotiations. It must stop! ", Trade union organizations question.

The rail reform, "bad for users, bad for the public rail service, bad for railwaymen" according to them, should enter into force at the end of the year, with from 1 December the opening to competition of regional express trains (TER), then on January 1, 2020 the end of hirings to railway status to the SNCF and the transformation of it into a public limited company. But discussions on the "new social pact", to fix the hiring rules at the SNCF after the end of recruitment status, are at "dead point", denounce the unions.

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