The four unions representing SNCF employees have signed the agreement aimed at improving the working conditions of the captains, who have been on strike since Thursday evening and until Monday morning.
In return, no strike will disrupt
the rail network over the New Year's weekend
. congratulates the management of the rail group in a press release.
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The agreement presented Thursday evening by the management to the main unions of the railway group contains “
” measures, hammered Friday morning the CEO of SNCF Voyageurs.
Among them, the creation of a direction of the captains in order to guarantee "
" for the controllers, the increase of a specific bonus which would thus pass from 600 to 720 euros or the creation of 200 additional jobs .
Nearly half of the controllers declared themselves 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.
In exceptional circumstances, exceptional measures: SNCF customers began to receive emails offering them a 200% refund in vouchers, whether they were able to travel or not.
The canceled or full trains have pushed many SNCF users to turn to coaches or carpooling.
FlixBus told AFP that it would transport 115,000 passengers from Friday to Monday, 10 to 15% more than in 2019. And BlaBlaCar Bus said to double certain rotations for Thursday and Friday, between Paris and several cities including Nantes, Lyon or reindeer.
Bison Futé warned that Friday could be a complicated day on the road in Ile-de-France, advising to leave the region before 10 a.m., with a peak of traffic jams expected between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Other travelers have adapted their train travel days.
I decided to leave a day before, by taking leave, and also to postpone my return, by teleworking
”, explains Xavier, who joins Bayonne from Paris.
Air France, also affected by a call for a strike by two unions of hostesses and stewards until January 2, for its part indicated that it would operate all its flights on Friday and Saturday.
We gave everything to avoid the strike
”, underlined the CEO of SNCF Jean-Pierre Farandou on Thursday morning, insisting on the compulsory annual negotiations which ratified at the beginning of December an average salary increase of nearly 6% in 2023 for railway workers. , according to him.
And for the TGV captains, we even added 1.5 more points
," he said.
We have provided jobs, we have guaranteed that there will be two skippers per TGV and we have made career development commitments