Strikes in France: trade unions and ministers are ready for crunchy talks while transport disruption continues

After a fairly significant concession from the French government over the weekend on the proposed pension reforms, the unions have had internal meetings on Monday and will meet with Labor Minister Muriel Pénicaud on Tuesday.

But as good as those meetings are, there is still a strike on Tuesday when the dispute enters on day 41.

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Here is a look at what is happening.

In the railroads there is, for the first time since December 4, an “almost normal” service on trains that run along the economic routes of Ouigo.

On high-speed TGV routes, eight out of 10 normal services are executed.

Half of the normal Intercité routes are operational and three quarters of the local TER services. Transilien suburban trains, meanwhile, run seven out of 10 of their normal services.

In recent days, both rail services and public transport in Paris have improved. French workers are not paid during strikes and, as the dispute continues, many can no longer bear the financial impact of more than a month without pay.

The same general pattern is observed in Paris, where services have improved once again, although there are still interruptions.

Once again, all Metro lines are working, although only lines 1 and 14, which are automated, have full service.

Lines 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 7bis, 9 and 12 only work at rush hour: from 6.30 to 9.30 a.m. and from 4.30 to 7.30 p.m.

Lines 2 and 10 work all day, lines 8 and 11 run from 6.30 a.m. at 7.30 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.

The 3bis line runs from 7 a.m. at 6 p.m. and line 13 runs from 5.30 a.m. at 11 a.m.

All the previous lines work less than normal trains and many stations remain closed.

All tram lines return to normal service and RER suburban trains run all day, but with fewer services than normal.

The RER service on line B from the Charles de Gaulle airport stops at Gare du Nord.

Overall, four out of five of the usual bus services are running.

The flights have not been affected since the strike began in early December, but this could change on Tuesday with the announcement that air traffic controllers who are members of the USAC-CGT will take strike action.

However, the union does not represent the majority of French air traffic controllers, so the impact on flights is likely to be quite minimal. Anyone who has a booked flight should check with their airline.

Teachers’ unions have also called one-day strikes on Tuesdays and Thursdays this week, so parents face possible school closings or the loss of clubs or activities after school.

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