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October 13 strike: transport, doctors, schools... What disruptions can we expect?

2023-10-07T16:32:55.142Z

Highlights: October 13 strike: transport, doctors, schools... What disruptions can we expect?. The inter-union union is organising a day of strikes and demonstrations, in particular to demand wage increases. Three days before the social conference on low wages promised by Emmanuel Macron. In addition to the protests planned in dozens of cities, the strikes could affect a number of sectors. SNCF, air transport, schools, doctors... Le Figaro takes stock of the disruptions to be expected. The strikes will take place on Friday, October 13, under new slogans.


The inter-union union is organising a day of strikes and demonstrations, in particular to demand wage increases, three days before the social conference on low wages.


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Against austerity, for wages and gender equality." More than four months after the last day of mobilization against the pension reform, the inter-union union is back on Friday, October 13, with a new day of strikes and demonstrations, under new slogans. The latter are dominated by the wage issue, even though the mobilization will take place three days before the social conference on low wages promised by Emmanuel Macron.

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There is a huge anger in the country, because work allows you to live less and less and so this is what we are going to denounce on October 13. We are going to strike and demonstrate to demand wage increases," CGT general secretary Sophie Binet told Franceinfo on Wednesday (October 4th), also calling for "the wage gap between women and men to finally disappear." The fight for a "socially just ecological transition" is also cited as one of the slogans of the mobilization.

For her part, the head of the CFDT, Marylise Léon, assured Le Monde at the end of August that this day of strikes and demonstrations - which is also part of a European framework - was in no way a revenge against the executive after the lost fight against the pension reform. "We are as combative as ever and determined to achieve improvements for workers' rights, but we have no revenge on the government," she said. In addition to the protests planned in dozens of cities, the strikes could affect a number of sectors. SNCF, air transport, schools, doctors... Le Figaro takes stock of the disruptions to be expected.

Transport strike

On the railways, while the details of the disruptions at the SNCF are not expected until Wednesday evening - the striking railway workers must make themselves known 48 hours before - cancellations and delays are to be expected. Three of the main railway trade unions - the CGT-Cheminots, Sud-Rail and the CFDT-Cheminots - have called, in a united leaflet, on "all railway workers to go on strike and demonstrate on 13 October", demanding wage increases and improved working conditions. Unsa-Ferroviaire subsequently joined this call.

In Île-de-France, there could also be traffic disruptions at RATP. As for the SNCF, they will be communicated on Wednesday evening. The CGT-RATP has indeed called on the agents to mobilize next Friday, while the UNSA-RATP called on the head of the company Jean Castex in a recent statement, referring to the mobilization of October 13 without clearly specifying whether it called for participation.

If you're flying on October 13, watch out for possible flight cancellations. The air traffic controllers' union USAC-CGT has given notice of a strike, but not the SNCTA (National Union of Air Traffic Controllers), the main trade union in the profession.

On the road, the Federal Road Union of the FGTE-CFDT union invites road hauliers to "support this demonstration". Actions, such as snail operations, cannot therefore be ruled out.

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Strike in education

Beyond transport, the strikes could affect other sectors. Like the Ministry of Education, where teachers could go on strike. In any case, the call for mobilization was relayed, among others, by the FSU-SNUipp, the leading union in nursery and elementary schools, and by the SNES-FSU, the majority union in middle and high schools. We will know more about the extent of the mobilization on Wednesday. School teachers are required to declare themselves on strike 48 hours before the start of the strike. However, this obligation does not apply to middle and high school teachers.

Higher education could also be affected by the mobilisation, since the inter-union union for higher education and research has published a statement calling on "staff and students to massively join the various actions, rallies, demonstrations, walkouts and strikes organised on the European day of mobilisation on 13 October".

Public Service Strike

Apart from teachers, all public service professions are affected by this one-day strike. The civil service unions have indeed joined this call for mobilisation, publishing a joint statement to this effect, considering it "urgent that general measures be taken to increase the remunerationof all". For example, school catering, extracurricular activities and nurseries could be disrupted, as well as town halls and tax offices.

Strike in the health sector

The strikes on October 13 will also affect health. The inter-union union of the health and medico-social sectors (CGT Santé, FO Santé, SUD Santé Sociaux and UNSA Santé & Sociaux) has filed a strike notice, "valid for all medical and non-medical staff belonging to establishments in the field of health and social action".

For their part, the unions representing private doctors have chosen the same date as the inter-union union, i.e. 13 October, to call for a strike, for the most part in an "unlimited" manner, demanding in particular an increase in the price of consultations. Their strike, which concerns both general practitioners and specialists, could therefore be renewed after Friday.

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Source: lefigaro

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