management and unions succeeded in establishing dialogue

Baptiste Morin, edited by Laura Laplaud

In stations, one in three trains will be canceled this Friday and two in five on Saturday and Sunday. But there is still time to save the New Year, also threatened by the strike. The SNCF, the unions and the collective of controllers sat around the negotiating table on Thursday. A meeting that established dialogue.

The meeting between the management of the SNCF and the unions was to take place on Friday morning, it was finally held Thursday at the end of the day. The management of the SNCF and the unions, including controllers who are members of the collective on strike, sat around the table. Objective: save the New Year weekend, threatened with a strike similar to the one that started today. Discussions to try to limit the strike to this weekend which ended late in the evening.

Creation of 160 jobs, revaluation of the specific bonus…

The videoconference meeting between SNCF management and the unions lasted more than four hours. In the end, a draft agreement submitted by the SNCF which contains additional measures to those proposed at the beginning of the month and which had not won the support of the strikers.

The SNCF now proposes the creation of a line captain professions to bring together all the controllers under the same hat, which is not the case today. It also proposes the creation of 160 controller jobs from 2023, but also an increase in the specific bonus which would increase from 600 to 720 euros gross per year.

The unions have until Friday noon to give their answer. According to an executive adviser, it was Elisabeth Borne in person following the file. The Prime Minister has asked the SNCF to do its utmost to save the New Year.