While the strike at the SNCF must end on Thursday night, Emmanuel Macron has vowed to continue the law of rail reform.
Emmanuel Macron vowed to continue on Wednesday 27th June, 2018 the law reforming the SNCF , despite multiple days of strike and “legitimate concerns” which must continue to respond, according to the head of state.
“This new page that opens today for our rail system is important, it is a profound transformation,” said the head of state by signing the law at the Elysee.
Emmanuel Macron was surrounded by Minister for Transport Elisabeth Borne and government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux.
“The SNCF now has all the assets”
“The SNCF now has all the assets to succeed in this new world, as it has always been able to win, to meet the challenges for 80 years,” said Emmanuel Macron.
“I know that it (the reform) can raise concerns among railway workers, the French have heard,” assured the President. “I want to tell them that through this work, we have responded to the strongest concerns, and we will continue to do so in the negotiation of branches, in the negotiation of companies, whenever these concerns are legitimate, and that they are not the refusal to change everything, “he promised.
“Now at the branch level, at the company level, negotiations will begin to implement what the law provides.”
The reform finally passed in Parliament in mid-June, provides for the opening to competition of passenger transport (between December 2019 and later in 2039 on the lines), and remove from the 1st January 2020 the protective status of railwayman.
Thursday marks the end of the calendar of the unitary strike, historic by its duration, started on April 3rd by the CGT Cheminots, Unsa railway and CFDT Cheminots. SUD-Rail had launched the same day an indefinite strike.
The railway group will know next week a new strike sequence, Friday, July 6th and Saturday, July 7th, at the beginning of the school holidays, at the call of CGT Cheminots and SUD-Rail .
Une nouvelle étape est franchie pour la mobilité du quotidien. Promulgation de la loi ferroviaire pour :
– Investir et moderniser le réseau
– Ouvrir à la concurrence pour des trains moins chers
– Moderniser le cadre social et arrêter le recrutement au statut
– Transformer la SNCF pic.twitter.com/pyK75oeodr
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) June 27, 2018