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Re: French rail strikes

The CGT and CFDT rail unions have strikes planned starting March 22nd. I'm not surprised, considering the way that Macron and his minions are handling their plans to reform the railway worker's terms and conditions.
And further industrial action could be on the horizon after Prime Minister Philippe said the reforms would be controversially pushed through by decree, which would allow the government to bypass parliament.
Not the way to do it IMHO - hopefully Macron will learn from confronting these two powerful unions that there is more to being President than signing presidential decrees.

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Re: French rail strikes

The unions involved have held the country to ransom far too often. Time they were put back into their place in French society.
Ticking over, just about.
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<BLOCKQUOTE><table width="85%"><tr><td class="txt4"><img src="/forums/completefrance-forums/cs/Themes/default/images/icon-quote.gif">&nbsp;<strong>woolybanana wrote:</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="quoteTable"><table width="100%"><tr><td width="100%" valign="top" class="txt4">The unions involved have held the country to ransom far too often. Time they were put back into their place in French society.</td></tr></table></td></tr></table></BLOCKQUOTE>

And you think that "putting then back in their place" by using a presidential decree is going to work?
By bypassing parliament?
Isn't that what dictators do?

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We shall see how parliament reacts in the long run, what goes around comes around. It also depends whether he has public support on the issue which yesterday’s poll seems to suggest that he does.
One might also argue that the unions are undermining democracy.
Ticking over, just about.
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Re: French rail strikes

Look on the bright side.

Defunct railway lines make wonderful cycle routes.Big Smile [:D]

Expensive cycle routes, perhaps, but very enjoyable.

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

H. L. Mencken 1880 - 1956

Some may not like his views, but what a prediction!
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46 billion euros, the debt of the SNCF! Clearly it cant carry on as it is, being so subsidized by the taxpayer ( though some level of subsidy is needed). And competition is coming as the EU insists that competing train companies must run on SNCF rails soon.
The CGT and other unions will find it hard to defend their position, I fancy.
Ticking over, just about.
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Taxpayers pay a figure of somewhere between 200 and 340 euros each (the numbers are disputed, of course) per annum towards running the railways.
What do you consider the social and other values of the railways to be, and what is a fair figure to pay?
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<BLOCKQUOTE><table width="85%"><tr><td class="txt4"><img src="/forums/completefrance-forums/cs/Themes/default/images/icon-quote.gif">&nbsp;<strong>woolybanana wrote:</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="quoteTable"><table width="100%"><tr><td width="100%" valign="top" class="txt4">Taxpayers pay a figure of somewhere between 200 and 340 euros each (the numbers are disputed, of course) per annum towards running the railways.
What do you consider the social and other values of the railways to be, and what is a fair figure to pay?</td></tr></table></td></tr></table></BLOCKQUOTE>

Or is the future of the french railway system similar to the unmitigated chaos and highway robbery of the UK system?


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