Demonstrations in the streets of Dijon protest against the pension reform.

Demonstrations in the streets of Dijon protest against the pension reform. — Conrad K

They want to move up a gear. The CGT Cheminots and SUD-Rail proposed this Tuesday a renewable strike “from mid-February” at the SNCF if the government did not withdraw its pension reform project, with a first stage on February 7 and 8.

In a joint leaflet, the organizations, respectively first and third unions at the SNCF and totaling more than 50% of the votes in the last professional elections, first called for “two consecutive days of strike on February 7 and 8″ and urged ” all the other sectors” to join, in order to “raise the balance of power”.

The unions have also called on railway workers to “act massively by striking on January 31”, the second day of mobilization against the pension reform after the very popular one of the 19th.

A railway strike during the school holidays?

That day, SNCF traffic had been very seriously disrupted, with between one train in three and one train in five depending on the TGV lines. The regional network had meanwhile seen only one train in ten.

In their leaflet, the two organizations proposed to the railway workers to “meet in general assemblies from January 31 and to debate the intensification of the action” with these two days of mobilization on February 7 and 8, then, at if the government does not back down, to consider a strike that can be extended for periods of 24 hours from mid-February.

On February 7 and 8, the winter holidays will have started in part of France, including the academies of Bordeaux and Lyon. The deadline of “mid-February” would correspond to the start week of the holidays for the academies of the Paris region, Toulouse and Montpellier.

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