SNCF strike: 1 train out of 2 on the South-East axis on Friday

The unions intend to put pressure on management and obtain salary increases, a Covid bonus and better working conditions.

Fault of he agreement between the unions and management, the call for a strike on the SNCF’s South-East axis is maintained for the first weekend of Christmas vacation departures.

After having mentioned a very degraded traffic from Friday to Sunday, Christophe Fanichet (Chairman and CEO of SNCF Voyageurs) and Alain Krakovitch (Director of SNCF Travel) gave this Wednesday evening on the traffic forecasts.

Concretely, one in two trains will run on Friday on the South-East axis which serves in particular Lyon, Marseille and Nice and which was supposed to make travel 100 .000 people. The traffic will be normal on the other axes.

The arrival of Trenitalia

Remember that the unions intend to put pressure on the management and obtain salary increases, a Covid bonus and better working conditions, while sector negotiations are taking place at the moment.

This social movement irritates the SNCF at the highest point, while reservations for these Christmas holidays are very good. Above all, it falls at the very moment when Trenitalia, the operator’s first competitor on the TGV will launch its rotations to Lyon and Milan this Saturday.

“It is scandalous at a time when the French need us the most”, launched this Wednesday, Jean-Pierre Farandou, CEO of SNCF during a press conference. “”I have listened to what the unions say, I am giving concrete proof,” he said. And to assert, “frankly, to strike in the South-East between Paris and Lyon at the time when Trenitalia made a link between Paris and Lyon , I don’t understand “.

A previous call to strike had been launched just before the All Saints holidays on the South-West axis but he was ultimately little followed.

Olivier Chicheportiche BFM Business Journalist