No Christmas miracle.
SNCF forecasts will not be improved for this weekend, confirms this Friday morning Christophe Fanichet, CEO of SNCF Voyageurs on France Inter.
“I apologize from my company.
We will not be able to transport all travelers this weekend.
It's a real pinch in the heart, ”he regretted on the air.
The objective now: to obtain the lifting of strike notices for the next weekend.
During a meeting on Thursday evening, the group's management proposed "strong additional measures in favor of the recognition of the profession of skipper, the creation of positions, and the progression of their careers", indicated the SNCF in a press release.
With the objective that this agreement is ratified and can save the weekend of January 1st.
"We have proposed a draft agreement with the objective of recognizing the job of captain (controllers, editor's note) with more listening, more jobs, more salary progression", shelled Christophe Fanichet.
The unions have until Friday 12 noon to decide on this new agreement.
“We put everything on the table, we gave everything,” insists the general manager.
Christophe Fanichet (@CFanichet), CEO of @SNCFVoyageurs: "We gave everything so that today at noon, we can say that the draft agreement will allow us to save the New Year weekend."
– France Inter (@franceinter) December 23, 2022
Half of the controllers on strike
Almost half of the controllers are on strike this weekend, causing the cancellation of one train out of three on Friday, and two trains out of five on Saturday and Sunday, especially TGVs.
Some axes will be more affected than others, such as the Atlantic axis or the North axis, with only one out of two TGVs.
However, this strike is atypical: it is led by an informal group of skippers organized on Facebook and rejecting any union membership.