Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

Music show: Lucy Rose live, Ibeyi and Miley Cyrus

Read more

FOCUS

Judicial reforms: Polish government on collision course with EU

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Euro, stocks slide on Merkel's lacklustre election win

Read more

#THE 51%

Hola 'Ellas Hoy' - The 51 Percent welcomes its sister show on FRANCE 24 Spanish

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Donald Trump Vs NFL: America's divider in chief or America's saviour?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

National security or personal freedom? French MPs discuss anti-terrorism bill

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Dotard: An educational insult

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Power Play in Barcelona, May's Brexit speech

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Brexit and the city: Paris, Frankfurt, Dublin vying for new business

Read more

France

Rail unions call for strike on May 26

Latest update : 2009-05-15

The four unions of French rail company SNCF plan to strike on May 26, in order to coincide with the national day of protest decided on by France's other major unions against the government's handling of the economic crisis.

AFP - French rail unions plan to organise a strike on May 26 to coincide with a nationwide day of protest against President Nicolas Sarkozy's handling of the economic crisis, union officials said Friday.
  
The four unions representing workers at the state-owned SNCF rail operator will serve official notice of the work stoppage beginning on Monday May 25 in the evening until early Wednesday May 27.
  
"We are part of the broad movement but we also have demands that only concern the SNCF," said Didier Le Reste of the CGT, France's biggest union.
  
These include demands for better pay and pension benefits, negotiations over the privatisation of SNCF freight services and improving industrial relations, he said.
  
France's eight unions have called for a day of protest on May 26 and on June 13 to press demands for job security during the economic crisis that has sent unemployment soaring.
  
After more than one million people took to the streets in demonstrations earlier this year, Sarkozy offered to boost some social security benefits but he has refused to back down from his plan to cut public sector jobs.

Date created : 2009-05-15

COMMENT(S)