Strikes Enter 34th Consecutive Day

Jan 8, 2020

On 7 January 2020, labor unions across France entered their 34th consecutive day of strikes over proposed pension reforms. Transportation services across France continue to improve as most workers have returned to their jobs, although some services continue to experience disruptions. National rail operator Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français (SNCF) announced that 75% of long-distance TGV trains are currently operating and Transport express regional (TER) trains are operating at 60% capacity; however, Intercité trains continue to operate at 40% of normal capacity. In Paris, the Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) continues to run significantly reduced services on the Paris Metro and the Réseau Express Régional (RER). Eurostar also announced that it would run a reduced schedule through 11 January. Additionally, workers at oil refineries across the country have called for blockades at refineries and fuel depots from 7-10 January. While some shortages are likely as people stock up on gasoline in anticipation of the blockade, officials have stated that production and supplies should not be significantly impacted.

Additional large-scale strikes are also likely to take place on 9 and 11 January. Announced strike days have previously been accompanied by large demonstrations, with hundreds of thousands of people in attendance. Air traffic controller unions have also called for their members to join the strike from 1900 local time (1800 UTC) on 8 January to 0630 local time on 10 January. While no flight cancellations have been announced due to the strike, travelers should nonetheless contact their respective airlines to check the status of their flights

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