I was just running through a few of the train times for our upcoming Europe trip. Google was full of warnings.
Information: En raison d’une grève nationale SNCF, la circulation des trains sera perturbée. La liste des trains sera disponible chaque jour à 17h sur le site SNCF pour vos trajets du lendemain.
Une grève is a strike.
Une grève nationale is a national strike.
Une grève nationale SNCF is a national railway strike.
You can see that circulating trains will be perturbed. Understandably.
Basically, if we were trying to make this journey today, we probably wouldn’t be able to. So why are the unions so furieux?
Nine public-sector unions representing 5.7 million public service agents have called for strike action and demonstrations to protest reforms and voice salary and staffing concerns in the face of a government that has pledged to cut 120,000 public-sector positions by the time President Emmanuel Macron’s term ends in 2022.
More than 130 demonstrations are scheduled nationwide on Tuesday, with the Paris march due to set off from the Place de la République at 2pm and head southeast for the Place de la Nation.
..and this is, apparently, day 1 of the eleventh! 2 day strike by rail workers.
Given the exorbitant price of tickets (even when you book them in advance), I’d much prefer the Japanese bus strike version of things.
But I guess we can only hope that there’s some breakthrough in the talks this week – or at least before we get there. I’ve been researching some alternative methods of getting to where we need to get to and firstly, there aren’t any, and secondly, that means inventing our own way of getting to the middle of nowhere and it’s going to be ridiculously pricey.