November 10 holiday: one of the two metro lines is closed

Lo The CGT is calling again for a strike and demonstration on Thursday for wages and pensions in a long-planned day of mobilization at the RATP, which should cause major transport disruptions in the Ile-de-France region. The CGT is calling for an increase in the minimum wage, an increase in the civil service index point and the indexation of wages to inflation.

On the previous day of strike and demonstration, October 27, in the middle of a school holiday, there was little mobilization: the police identified 14,000 demonstrators in the region and 1,360 in Paris, the CGT does not provide figures. This time, CGT confederal secretary Céline Verzeletti says she expects a mobilization of at least 18 October at the peak of the refinery strike, with “150-200 demonstration points”. According to police, 107,000 demonstrators (300,000 according to the union) were on strike in the nuclear and transport sectors at the time.

The demonstration in Paris will depart from the Place de la République towards the Opera Place at 14:00, Philippe Martinez: General Secretary of the CGT, civil service planned for the beginning of December as part of the professional elections in Nimes, will parade there from 14:30, today The call to participate at the national and interprofessional level calls for the FSU and Solidaires to join the processions only locally.

A union official, who did not want to be named, said he doubted today would be useful, saying that salary negotiations were being conducted “within the companies”. “We don’t want leap days without perspective,” said the source, adding that it is more important to see “how we deal with pensions” – the government’s reform bill should be presented in early 2023.

The FSU estimated that a new mobilization day on wages is “difficult to establish” at the national level and therefore, according to its general secretary Benoit Teste, “it is the RATP that risks being seen above all”.

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“Zero metro, zero RER”

RATP is actually expecting a black day with a strike call by all trade unions, which has set itself a clear goal of “zero metro, zero RER”. According to the preliminary estimates of the management on Monday, the movement of traffic in the metro and RER (RATP zone) will be “very seriously disrupted”, while “bus and tram will be disturbed”.

According to RTL, metro lines 2, 3bis, 5, 8, 10, 11 and 12 will be completely closed on Thursday. Traffic is partially closed on lines 3, 4, 6, 7, 7bis, 9 and 13, where metros will operate during peak hours, and on fully automated lines 1 and 14 from 7 am to 9.30 am and from 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm. will be stopped. , will cycle normally, but “with the risk of saturation”, RATP warns. On RER, on average, one out of every three trains will run on line A and 1 out of 2 trains on line B at peak times. The bus network, which only offers two out of three buses, will also be affected.

CGT “slightly isolated”

The sweet word – raising wages and improving working conditions through recruitment – unites in a company where the social climate is seriously disturbed. Jean Castex, the future head of the RATP, who was heard in the Senate and the National Assembly on Tuesday and Wednesday, will do a lot to restore social dialogue. On the other hand, SNCF promises limited mobilization only at the call of CGT-Cheminots. After the already mixed mobilization on October 18, no other union movement wanted to follow.

Trade unionist historian Stéphane Sirot, interviewed by Agence France-Presse, expects a day when the CGT is “a bit isolated” and “not very unifying” when some federations are “more worried” about the deadline for professionals. civil service elections. “The challenge is to know whether the CGT will maintain its primacy in the public sector after losing the private sector to the CFDT,” he recalls.

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