Go Back  Fodor's Forum > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page > SNCF on strike 09/03 - 3/09 for US ?
Notices

SNCF on strike 09/03 - 3/09 for US ?

Reply

Mar 1st, 2016, 09:50 AM
  #1
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 2,586
SNCF on strike 09/03 - 3/09 for US ?

Another strike - some say it can be a tough one.

Dear Sir or Madam,

We inform you that SNCF (French national railway company) will be on strike this Wednesday, March 9.
The strike will start Tuesday, March 8 at 7 PM until March 10 at 8 AM.
Disruptions will be expected. We then recommend travelers to anticipate their travel by following the evolution of the situation on the SNCF website.
Whathello is offline  
Reply With Quote
Mar 1st, 2016, 10:15 AM
  #2
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 8,827
This could be a new (NYTimes) travel piece, "37 hours somewhere in France".
Robert2533 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Mar 1st, 2016, 10:19 AM
  #3
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 66,687
Another SNCF strike - was a spate last spring - I guess in France you can never rely on the train running on any certain day.
PalenQ is offline  
Reply With Quote
Mar 1st, 2016, 11:21 AM
  #4
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,187
The metro will also be on strike that day. Have fun!
kerouac is offline  
Reply With Quote
Mar 1st, 2016, 11:23 AM
  #5
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 66,687
Wellthere's always Velib' bike sharing scheme in Paris...if not booked out that day.

Are buses also on strike? (In Paris)
PalenQ is offline  
Reply With Quote
Mar 1st, 2016, 12:28 PM
  #6
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,187
You probably have to be a Parisian to understand this but even though the SNCF and the RATP (metro, buses, trams & RER) will be affected by a strike call, this really means very little. Every single SNCF commuter line, RATP metro line, RATP bus line, etc., has independent union management, so some lines can be completely closed while others are operating at 90%.

Most strikes in recent years have been quite weak, and locals know this while visitors are in complete panic. After all, France is the least unionized country in the developed world with only 8% union membership.

You need to consult the SNCF and RATP websites on the day of the strike, since they give percentages of service throughout the day -- and you do need to check it regularly because there are major fluctuations depending on various shifts.

And also, no predictions of participation will be made until 24 hours before the strike, because that is when employees are required by law to state whether they plan to strike or not.
kerouac is offline  
Reply With Quote
Mar 1st, 2016, 02:38 PM
  #7
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 2,586
It seems this strike has been voted by all (at least the 4 major) unions of RATP. A first since 2013 says the article below.

http://actu.orange.fr/une/sncf-les-q...0000kzbpU.html
Whathello is offline  
Reply With Quote
Mar 1st, 2016, 09:57 PM
  #8
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,187
And yet I have no memory of the strike of 2013. The only strike that ever made an impression on me was the strike of 1995 when all of the tourist boats were requisitioned to carry people up and down the Seine and commuters from the suburbs had to take military transport vehicles from various pickup points. Those were the days!

I'm pretty sure that this strike will fizzle because it was called to protest an upcoming new labor law, which was supposed to be presented this week but which has now been postponed for another two weeks to be rewritten. So anybody going on strike will be striking against a completely unclear future issue just for the pleasure of losing their salary on that day.

Most workers are not that silly, no matter what the union representatives say.
kerouac is offline  
Reply With Quote
Mar 1st, 2016, 11:28 PM
  #9
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 2,586
Let us hope. In Belgium workers on strike get paid by the unions. So they get a free day with barbecues and beer.
Difficult to resist. ;-)
Whathello is offline  
Reply With Quote
 



Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:07 PM.