what should we expect during the strikes on Tuesday May 21 in Ile-de-France?

The railway workers are seeking in particular to put pressure on, on the eve of a meeting on the bonuses allocated to agents mobilized during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


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A train is at the platform in the Musée d'Orsay station, in Paris, March 13, 2023. (EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

The Olympics in sight. A little over two months before the Paris Olympic Games, employees in several sectors are called to strike in Ile-de-France on Tuesday May 21. The traffic will be for example “very seriously disturbed” on commuter trains and RERs operated by SNCF in the region.

The railway workers are seeking to influence negotiations with their management, on the eve of a conclusive meeting on the bonuses allocated to agents mobilized during the Games. Franceinfo tells you what to expect.

All Paris airport staff called to strike

Parisian airport agents are called to go on strike on Tuesday. “Manpower remains very insufficient to cope with the increase in traffic and the constantly increasing quality of service requirements”write in a press release the CGT, the CFDT, FO and the Unsa.

The Aéroports de Paris (ADP) unions are therefore demanding “an emergency hiring plan” as well as “the immediate opening of negotiations of the scales with revaluation”. They also ask “a uniform bonus for all ADP agents (voluntary or not / operational or not) working from July 8 to September 15” for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The mobilization, which concerns all staff, should be significant, but without causing major disruptions in the two main French airport platforms, Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly, according to a union source interviewed by The Parisian.

This strike takes place on the same day as the ADP general meeting, which must ratify the non-renewal of the mandate of the current CEO Augustin de Romanet, whose mission will end after the Olympics. Since 2012, he has chaired the airport group, 50.6% owned by the French state. “Shareholders – including the State as majority shareholder – are convened in a general meeting to validate decisions which will support the increase in their dividends, even if these choices are harmful to employees and for the future of ADP”, denounce the unions. They are also calling for a demonstration at Roissy airport, at terminal 2E.

Trains in Ile-de-France “very seriously disrupted”

On the train side, traffic will be “Very strongly disturbed”, Tuesday, on suburban lines and RERs operated by SNCF in Ile-de-France. Ile-de-France railway workers will be on strike on the eve of a day of negotiations on bonuses received during the Olympic Games, the SNCF announced on Sunday.

The most affected lines will be the RER D and the Transilien line R, with only one train in five and only during peak hours (from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.). There will only be two trains out of five on the RER E, which will not run between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and will not serve many stations. The RER C will also be particularly disrupted with two trains out of five, only between 6 and 10 a.m. and between 4 and 8 p.m., depending on the branch.

This means that there will be an average of one train every 15 to 30 minutes during rush hour, and that many stations will not be served. On Transilien line V, there will be only one train per hour during rush hour.

Elsewhere on the network, the RER A, the most used line with more than a million passengers per day, will be more or less spared, because operated by the RATP, with the exception of a branch going towards Poissy, where will run every second train. Same thing for the RER B, where there will be one train out of two on the northern part (SNCF) and two out of three on the southern part (RATP). Finally, the other Transilien lines (suburban trains) will see one train in three run (H, J, L, N, U).

The movement, initiated by Sud-Rail and the CGT-Cheminots, joined in places by Unsa-Ferroviaire, but also FO-Cheminots (non-representative union of the SNCF), promised to be particularly followed. From Friday, SUD-Rail has warned of a “very strong mobilization”with more than 90% of drivers intending to go on strike on certain lines the day after Whit Monday.

The railway workers are seeking to put pressure on management, on the eve of a conclusive meeting on the bonuses allocated to agents mobilized during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The SUD-Rail union deplores the fact that only compensation of 50 euros gross per day worked is provided.

After-school services disrupted in Paris

“No canteen in hundreds of Parisian schools the week of May 21 to 24,” also warns the inter-union Supap-FSU / CFDT. Faced with “insufficient salaries, [une] massive precariousness, [des] hundreds of unfilled positions, [un] non-compliance with legal child supervision rates [et un] non-compliance with legal staff qualification rates”, unions call (PDF document) the workforce to a strike“one hour every day, from 11:25 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.”.

“From Asem animators [agent spécialisé de la petite enfance]educational leaders as well as after-school directors from all over Paris will participate in the mobilization”precise BFMTV. The strikers must also meet on Thursday at 2 p.m. on the square in front of City Hall.

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