While air traffic controllers ended their strike today morning in France, rail workers started their own. Employees of the French railway network (SNCF) announced a walkout that will last from Wednesday, June 12, 19:00 CET to Friday, June 14, 08:00 CET. Rail traffic will be partially disrupted on the network during the strike, with only 40% of the internal lines circulating on Thursday. It’s expected that half of trains to Switzerland and one-third of the trains to Italy will operate as normal. The Eurostar linking Paris and London, the Thalys to Amsterdam and Brussels and Alléo trains to Germany will provide a normal service.
The rail workers are protesting against proposed reform of the railway system: the government is planning to divide the endebted SNCF into three divisions, which rail employees say would lead to the collapse of the railway system.
150, 000 people are employed by SNCF in France, a country in which 15,000 trains circulate every day.
Source: Euro News