Strikes Continue

Dec 28, 2019

As of 27 December 2019, trade unions have entered the 23rd consecutive day of strikes against a proposed pension reform. Transportation disruptions are ongoing across the country but conditions continue to improve as more workers return to work. National rail operator Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français (SNCF) announced that 60% of long-distance TGV trains are currently operating; however, the suburban Transilien trains and the Transport express regional (TER) trains continue to operate at 20% and 40% capacity, respectively. In Paris, the Réseau Express Régional (RER) is operating at a significantly reduced level, with most trains only available during rush hour, although most buses and tram services are operational. Eurostar continues to run a reduced schedule and has announced that the schedule will continue through 31 December.

While ground transportation services have improved over the strike period, union leaders have not indicated an end to the strike. Disruptions are expected to continue into January 2020, as unions and government officials are not expected to resume negotiations until 6 January

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