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France: Rail workers set for a one day strike

In June, France was hit by the longest nationwide rail strike since 2010 as rail workers struck for over 10 days.

09.03.2015
France: Rail workers set for a one day strike

PARIS

France's rail workers are due to strike for twenty-four hours, starting Monday, contesting rail service reforms adopted in August by France’s parliament.

The strike is due to start at 7 p.m. local time (17:00 GMT) and end at 8 a.m. local time (06:00 GMT) Wednesday.

The French General Confederation of Labor, the country's largest trade union, called on rail workers to strike in order to protest reforms aimed at reducing the rail service's debt which parliament voted in August, and which came into force on Jan. 1.

The reforms are expected to lead to lay-offs of 10,000 workers out of the 150,000 at the national rail company. 

The national rail company said in a statement Sunday that train services across France would run at 95 percent of normal service despite the walkout.

In June, France was hit by the longest nationwide rail strike since 2010 as rail workers struck for over 10 days.

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