No bus, no tram. For users of public transport in Toulouse, two new days of trouble are coming. Camille, who took the metro this morning from Rangueil to go to Toulouse 1 Capitole University, in the city center, is one of them. "I was going to college and the subway is interrupted due to an incident. I'm stuck at Empalot. We are told a half-hour stop. Many people have gone out to find a replacement bus but there is none... I had the information, so I'm waiting in the train," says the young student from the Toulouse metro.
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However, she does not want to complain, because she understands the demands. "Of course it becomes regular, and it's tiring to have to justify delays or take a taxi... But I am in favour of the right to strike. »
Indexation of wages to inflation
For the past two months, weeks of disruption have followed one another on the Tisséo network. At issue is a conflict between the unions and management for maintaining the indexation of wages to inflation. "We are asking for the maintenance of the safeguard clause, guaranteeing this indexation," insists Stéphane Chapuis, secretary general of the CGT at Tisséo, which blocks one of the three bus depots in Langlade. "For now, Tisséo is offering us a 2.8% increase. We do not say that it is null but we want a revaluation next year compared to inflation 2023, "continues the unionist, who regrets that there is no discussion with the management.
Invited this morning of France Bleu Occitanie, the prefect of Haute-Garonne and prefect of Occitanie Pierre-André Durand, said he was ready to seize the labor inspectorate. For Stéphane Chapuis, it is a direct response to the letter of the inter-union sent this Tuesday and asking for mediation. "Today, the management and the town hall are responsible because they want to let the conflict rot, thinking that it will stop. They do not come in support of the people of Toulouse, who are penalized by these strikes. We want to find a favourable outcome to the conflict. »
But as the prefect reminded our colleagues this Thursday morning, mediation is "framed by the texts and supposes an acceptance of both parties, union and employers".