The reasons for the SNCF strike this weekend

By Pauline Damour the 15. 12.2021 at 19 h 25 4 min read Subscribers

One in two TGV Sud-Est will run on Friday 17 December, given the call for a strike by SUD-Rail, CGT-Cheminots and Unsa rail unions, announced Christophe Fanichet, CEO of SNCF Travelers, Wednesday in front of the press.

One in two TGVs will run on Friday 15 December on the South-East axis due to a call for a strike by the railway workers.

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Bad news for travelers leaving by train for the holidays this weekend: the SUD-Rail, CGT and Unsa unions are maintaining their call for a strike on the TGV South-East axis on Friday 12 to Sunday 19 December. The direction of SNCF therefore foresees a “very degraded” traffic with on the South-East axis , only one TGV in two in circulation on Friday.

“This is truly scandalous!”, S ‘ is lamented Christophe Fanichet , the boss of the SNCF Voyageurs subsidiary, during an impromptu press briefing at the Gare de Lyon this Wednesday 12 December at the end of the afternoon. “The French have been waiting for this moment for a long time and need us and we will not be there, he regretted. Despite the discussions, and the financial advances, the negotiations were unsuccessful.” For these days of great departure, the SNCF expects nearly a million travelers including 125. people on the TGV South-East axis, the most affected by strike notices. On the North and East axis, the transport plan not being disturbed, specifies the direction and “almost normal” on that of the Atlantic. The traffic forecasts for Saturday and Sunday, the two other days covered by this call to strike, will be published later, when the number of strikers is known.