ANALYSIS - While the SNCF has always been organized to deal with strikes renewable, this time, the unions have imagined a scenario to make the situation unmanageable, while being the most painless for railway workers.
Part-time strike, two days out of five. Thirty-six days of scheduled work stoppage, until June 28th. Never had the railway unions imposed such a calendar to show their discontent. Objective of this unprecedented marathon strike: disrupt as much as possible the movement of trains and bend the government on the reform of the rail including providing that no longer hires railroaders status. A casus belli for the unions.
For SNCF, ensuring team turnover and managing rolling stock in the face of a strike that never ceases to start again is a headache. It has always organized itself to face renewable strikes. Even hard, they are easier to manage. In general, it takes a day to get the traffic to go normally, and get the trains and crew back to the right place. This time, the unions imagined a scenario to make the situation unmanageable, while being the most painless for railwaymen.
In short, the SNCF will have to deploy very important and time-consuming efforts. Executives willing to drive trains to take over strikers, could receive a premium, which have not failed to denounce the unions. The management also engaged in a tug of war over the calculation of the salary deductions of the strikers. Considering that this is one and the same movement, she partially counts days of rest, which the unions question.
An illegal strike?
Applying several work stoppages at regular intervals does not pose a problem in law. "On the other hand, scheduling floating days in order to repeatedly disrupt the business by the impact on traffic between strike days could be considered unlawful," says Bruno Serizay, a lawyer with Capstan. A letter from the CGT-railway workers revealed by Le Parisien shows the will to fight: "The disorganization of work will also be done on working days, but I do not tell you more about this mail, I think you have understood where we are coming from ... "It remains to be seen how the determination of the strikers will withstand thirteen long weeks.