SNCF strike: TGV traffic down the Atlantic axis this weekend

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1 TGV in 3 will remain stationary on the Atlantic axis on October 23 and 24, 2021.

Transportation – be careful, this weekend’s traffic on trains will be slowed down. On Thursday, October 21, the SNCF announced in a press release that one in three Atlantic TGVs will be canceled on Saturday and Sunday, and one in ten will be canceled on Friday, due to a strike call by three unions.

SNCF said the joint strike notice by CGT-Cheminots, SUD-Rail and CFDT-Cheminots will affect the movement of TGV Inoui and Ouigo on the TGV Atlantique axis. Negotiations over wages and working conditions “cannot find a favorable outcome at this point,” management points out.

“As a result, the transfer offer will be reduced this weekend on TGV Inoui and Ouigo to and from Brittany, Baie de la Loire, Center Val de Loire, New Aquitaine and Occitanie,” she explains.

The administration confirmed that “every customer concerned is contacted to inform him of the rotation of his train.” The SNCF added, which invites travelers “who can or who have not yet booked to postpone their flight,” travelers will be able to “refund or exchange their ‘ticket’ for another date and without charge.”

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In a joint publication, unions CGT-Cheminots, SUD-Rail and CFDT-Cheminots explain that they have “not stopped for weeks” to challenge management over the growing discontent of train drivers on the TGV Atlantique hub. These organizations denounce the “chaos experienced by this institution” and the “badly deteriorating working days, caused in particular by the disastrous management of the crisis on the business side.”

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Working days are “always longer”, while “working and living conditions are deteriorating day by day”, with “average wages falling”, they denounce unions who also protest against a “reduced workforce”, which leads to “rejection of leave”.

They protested “the cup is full” and demanded “maintenance of the number of lines”.

This strike comes as the holiday weekend itself begins.

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