The threat had been brandished, but now it has been dismissed. The third-largest rail workers' union SUD Rail has finally decided not to call for a strike during the holiday season, Le Parisien learned on Wednesday. The other trade unions had already announced on Tuesday evening that they would not approve the idea of a strike at Christmas to put pressure on management on the issue of wages. The idea of a social movement during the end-of-year festivities had been agitated by SUD Rail to "build a powerful mobilisation, exclusively on the subject of wages".
The union therefore convened an inter-union meeting to discuss the issue. According to several participants in the meeting, the CGT-Cheminots, Unsa-Ferroviaire, and CFDT-Cheminots all rejected the possibility of striking at Christmas. "We agreed to meet again in January to maybe build a movement on wages at that time," a union source said.
The issue of summer holidays
SNCF management has proposed an "average increase" in salaries of 4.6% for the year 2024, including a 1.8% general increase.
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According to another participant at the meeting, the railway federations agreed to write a letter to the railway group's management, demanding the opening of mandatory annual negotiations (NAO) for the year 2025 as early as the first quarter of 2024. This is a way of keeping up the pressure on management on the issue of pay.
All the unions were also received by the management on Wednesday to discuss the issue of financial compensation granted to railway workers during the period of the Olympic Games. The latter are strongly encouraged to postpone their summer holidays to ensure a sufficient supply of transport for the duration of the competition. "Negotiations are still at the beginning and we have agreed to meet again at the beginning of January," said a participant in Tuesday night's meeting.