Alert: France set for mass rail strike

France is set for another day of disruption and delays on the trains as French trade unions representing rail workers have issued a joint call to observe a one-day strike on Tuesday, April 26th.

The call to strike on April 26th is the first since 2013 that is supported by all of France’s trade unions (the CGT, Unsa, Sud and CFDT) and will likely cause huge disruption to rail services around the country.

The strike will begin on Monday April 25th at 7pm and come to an end on Wednesday April 27th at 8am, although different unions may opt for different start and end times.

“April 26th will be a new stage of mobilization. Nationwide protests, without a strike, are also scheduled to take place on May 10th,” said Thierry Nier, a spokesman for CGT-Cheminots.

He warned that unions could step up their industrial action through the spring and the summer if SNCF bosses ignore their demands during negotiations, which will run on until May.

SNCF will issue a warning on the eve of the strike detailing how rail services will be affected, but it might be wise not to book any train travel during the period of the strike.

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