Keyword: rail strike

French state rail firm called for files on staff who are active on social media

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Trains at the gare du Nord in Paris. © Reuters/Charles Platiau Trains at the gare du Nord in Paris. © Reuters/Charles Platiau

On April 17th this year, with the rail strike in full swing, a manager at the busiest railway station in Paris, the Gare du Nord, asked colleagues to create a database on workers who were most active on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Unions have condemned the action, saying they fear the firm wants to muzzle staff involved in the industrial action, while lawyers say the move is completely illegal. The state rail company SNCF, meanwhile, dismisses it simply as a “clumsy” local initiative not connected with the strike. Dan Israel reports.

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