Transport, a wave of strikes at Christmas: trains converge and start in France and the UK

over there The protest of the French railway controllers SNCF does not stop even at Christmas.
After canceling one section out of three on Fridays, 40% of high-speed trains were canceled on Saturdays and Sundays on the southeast and east axes, and for northbound and Atlantic destinations, the percentage rose to 50%.

The strike will remain in effect on Sunday 25 and Monday 26 December and then resume between 30 December and 2 January.
As announced by the company, about 200,000 passengers already equipped with tickets (out of about 800,000 in total) will not be able to leave on some of the highest-traffic days on the national rail networks.

“In fact, I am conflicted: I understand the suffering of (SNCF staff) and at the same time I also understand the users who are on their last legs. Because you want to reach your family and you can’t,” a traveler comments.

The railway foremen’s protest, promoted by the Collectif National ASCT, was born out of the most representative trade unions, but has brought together more than 3,500 train masters in a social group working towards greater recognition of the rights of this class.

UK rail commuters have been asked to only travel if necessary over the Christmas holidays, as new strikes will disrupt rail services from Christmas Eve. Workers strike again over wage conditions. Border personnel are also striking at airports and the army has been called in to check passports.

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