Strikes Continue

Dec 20, 2019

On 19 December 2019, trade unions across France entered the 15th consecutive day of their strike against a proposed pension reform. While ground transportation services remain disrupted throughout the country, the disruption is less severe than on previous days. National rail operator Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français (SNCF) and Paris public transport provider Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) continue to operate significantly reduced services; however, services have improved, as more rail conductors returned to work on 19 December. Most services continue to operate at less than half of their capacities, including the long-distance TGV trains, which are operating at 40% of normal capacity, and Transport express regional (TER) trains, which are also at 40% capacity. Public transportation in Paris also continues to experience significant disruptions. Union members continued to cut power to commercial businesses and homes around the cities of Marseille and Perpignan. Notable disruptions are likely to continue through the upcoming Christmas holiday; however, union leaders and government officials are expected to continue talks through the week.

Additionally, several unions representing flight crews and pilots have announced indefinite strikes beginning on 3 January 2020, unless union and government negotiators can successfully resolve the pension strikes.

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