As unions call controllers to strike, traffic will be disrupted from Friday to next Sunday on the TGV and Intercités lines. These disruptions will mainly concern long-distance trains with 4 TGV-Intercités out of 10 from Friday to Monday.
In detail, SNCF Voyageurs plans 1 train in 2 on the TGV Nord, 1 in 3 on the TGV Est, 1 in 4 on the TGV Atlantique, 1 in 3 on the TGV Sud-Est, 1 in 4 on Ouigo and 1 Intercités on 2 from Friday to Sunday, she specified. Internationally, the company expects normal traffic for Eurostar and Thalys, 1 in 3 TGVs to Switzerland, 1 in 2 to Germany, 1 in 3 to Italy and no traffic to Spain.
A gradual recovery in traffic on Monday
Then, the recovery will be gradual on Monday with 3 out of 4 trains on all axes. The disruptions will only concern the TGV Lyria which provides the France-Switzerland link with 1 train out of 3, the France-Italy link with also 1 train out of 3 and the one linking France to Spain where no traffic is planned.
Customers who have booked a trip over the next few days will receive information by email or SMS specifying whether their train is maintained or not. All travelers can be fully reimbursed for trips scheduled between Friday and Monday, or exchange their ticket free of charge on all trains where there is space until Thursday, December 8 inclusive, according to SNCF Voyageurs.
A strike renewed on December 7
The unions are calling for a strike to demand wage increases to cope with inflation but also better working conditions and recruitment. The conductors – generally called controllers – perform an essential function in terms of traffic safety and are therefore essential to authorize the circulation of a train in all safety conditions, underlined the public company.
Incidentally, the management says it regrets a continued movement “while concrete and important measures have been proposed to the trade unions after several weeks of negotiations”. This strike comes on the eve of the start of the mandatory annual negotiations (NAO), which must begin on Wednesday, December 7 at the level of the SNCF group. The CGT, SUD-Rail and CFDT called for a “united strike” that day.