Free tickets for SNCF railway workers “engraved in marble”

The railway Unsa and CFDT-Cheminots have signed two agreements on wages and social guarantees for the railway branch.

Last September , Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, Minister for Transport created a great controversy by putting on the table free train tickets for railway workers and their families, a historic social asset at SNCF.

Today, active and retired agents, their partners, their children under benefit from free or reduced tickets years or students, as well as their ascendants.

Faced with the outcry, the management of the company had then indicated that it “intended to maintain this asset over time and under current conditions, including for those of its employees in the TER activity and who would be required to carry out their missions within companies created by SNCF in the region “.

A shortfall for the SNCF estimated at 105 million euros per year

This promise is now confirmed. The railway Unsa and the CFDT-Cheminots have in fact signed two agreements on wages and social guarantees for the railway branch, resulting from negotiations with the employers of the sector. These two unions weighing more than 21% of the representativeness (30% approximately), the agreement can be validated.

The first agreement concerns the classification of jobs and the minimum guaranteed remuneration applicable to all employees in the branch. The second text details social guarantees in addition to those already included in the railway reform law of 2018.

Railway workers will therefore retain this advantage, in particular employees transferred from one company to another, depending on the calls for tenders won within the framework of the opening up to competition of rail transport in travelers.

The Unsa welcomes a text which “allows traffic facilities to be engraved in stone.”

Let us recall that the reform law 2018, which organizes in particular the opening up to competition, has defined the main guarantees for employees in the event of transfer to a competitor, but entrusted the social partners with the definition of additional guarantees, including traffic facilities.

A report commissioned by the government estimates that 105 million euros per year for the loss of turnover resulting from the circulation facilities granted to working people and retirees, as well as to their dependents.

Olivier Chicheportiche with AFP