The railway unions call for a strike by station staff on Wednesday in Ile-de-France – .

The railway unions call for a strike by station staff on Wednesday in Ile-de-France – .

Several railway unions in France called a strike Wednesday, December 1 in the stations of Ile-de-France to protest against working conditions and the “dehumanization” of stations.
The CGT-Cheminots, SUD-Rail and FO-Cheminots are calling on the staff of the ticket offices and stations of the Transilien network to strike.

Transilien is the name given to the suburban train network serving Île-de-France, including Paris and its surroundings.

The network consists of eight lines: H, J, K, L, N, U, P and R, each operated by SNCF, the national company of French railways.

Two other unions, Unsa Railway and CFDT-Cheminots, are also joining the call to strike, but only in the Paris-Nord sector (suburban trains departing from Gare du Nord in Paris), reports BFMTV.

The employees of the station are “all attacked”, wrote Sud-Rail, Unsa and CFDT in a joint leaflet protesting against the elimination of 40 jobs on line H and “about twenty” on RER B.

They criticize the ‘understaffing’ of stations which means workers have ‘more work’ and need to be ‘more flexible’, while closing counters and information desks late at night and on Sundays means less. of bonus possibilities.

The unions are demanding higher wages for station staff and the maintenance of counters and information desks.

Unions say stations have been “dehumanized” due to shrinking staff and more self-service options, and say staff must now be “ultra-versatile” – that is, extremely versatile.

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