Workers at Comboios de Portugal (CP), Empresa de Manutenção de Equipamento Ferroviário (EMEF) and Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP) all demand the better working conditions that they say they have been promised, saying that, "they will be fighting for compliance with this year's agreements, which are not being respected by the government and management.” The workers say that, "in negotiations with the administrations, with the direct intervention of the Ministries of Planning & Infrastructure, Labour and Finance, agreements were made with the three companies, which in addition to the wage rises for 2018, also established that negotiations will be held to revise existing collective agreements." In the case of CP, "there was no meeting for effective discussion on any matter," at EMEF, "after a period of negotiation where several matters were discussed and agreed, the process was suspended by the government and management in September without any justification"; … [Read more...] about National rail strike on Friday
National rail strike
Commuters are set for more travel headaches over the coming days as workers at France's national rail operator SNCF are set for their latest two-day strike. Services will be disrupted from 8pm on Tuesday until 7.55 am on Friday. One TGV train out of three is expected to be operating on Wednesday, as well as two TER and two Transilien trains out of every five and one Intercite train out of four. On international services, there will be four Eurostar trains out of five, one Lyria train out of three, while Thalys traffic will be "almost normal", according to the SNCF. In Paris anyone taking the RER B, which serves both Paris airports will have to change trains at Gare du Nord. Only half of the usual number of trains will run between Gare du Nord and Charles de Gaulle airport and around two thirds of trains between Gare du Nord and the southern end of the line at Robinson. The other RER commuter lines around Paris will also be … [Read more...] about How the French rail strikes will affect services on Wednesday
“It will be very slow,” the woman behind the ticket window at Brussels Central station tells me. She looks at me like I’m making a big mistake – she would turn out to be right. Getting to France from Brussels to cover the rail strikes that are paralysing the country is proving rather difficult. It’s normally a breezy half an hour to Lille on a high speed TGV from The Independent’s bureau in the Belgian capital, but those few services that are still running were booked up weeks in advance. I had managed to snag a ticket on the Eurostar, but that was then cancelled too, so decide to do the entire journey by slow Belgian suburban services – which aren’t on strike despite sometimes venturing over the border into France. It would take a while, but get me there eventually, or so I thought. Read more Eurostar cancels trains as Macron protests erupt across Paris An hour into my journey my optimism is shattered when a … [Read more...] about French rail strikes: Just how effective are the anti-Macron walkouts?
French rail passengers were hit by a sixth day of strikes on Friday, with the national rail operator SNCF urging people to postpone travel plans and to stay away from train stations if possible. Only one in five high-speed TGV trains will run, as well as one in five trains on main lines, with two out of three regional trains operating, including in the Paris region, the SCNF said. The Eurostar trains under the Channel Tunnel will run as normal, and the Thalys linking Paris with Brussels will be ‘almost normal’, the company said. Train traffic will also be disrupted on Saturday but will return to normal on Sunday until the next planned strike day on April 18. In Paris, the Metro and buses will be working as normal, but the RER services linking the capital to its suburbs will be disrupted from Thursday evening: On the RER A, 1 out of 2 trains will run on the Cergy-Poissy line on Friday. On the RER B Nord, 3 out of 5 trains will run on Friday with no … [Read more...] about French rail strike update: Trains cancelled on Thursday as Macron refuses to budge
Travelers are facing havoc at French national railway SNCF, including on the Eurostar route between Paris and London, as a standoff intensifies between the government and unions over President Emmanuel Macron’s planned reforms.The state train operator expects disruptions for a second day on Monday, with the cancellation of about a quarter of cross-Channel trains, 80 percent of high-speed links between French cities and two-thirds of regional trains, according to a statement. The fast Thalys link to Belgium and the Netherlands is expected to run as usual, while most commuter trains around Paris won’t operate.Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has vowed he won’t compromise on opening up France’s rail market to competition and on ending special labor privileges for future hires, Le Parisien newspaper reported Sunday, citing an interview. The state won’t consider taking over SNCF’s debt until the changes are made, he was quoted as saying.Macron has pledged … [Read more...] about French Brace for Rail Strike Havoc as State Vows to Enact Reform