rail workers

French train chaos strikes again as standoff with Macron deepens

France — Link

Planned three months of nationwide rolling rail strikes is seen as biggest challenge yet to Macron’s attempts to modernise the French economy.

President Macron sets political trap for France's railway workers

France — Analysis

A government-commissioned report on France's railway sector has put reform of the employment status and supposedly “exorbitant privileges” of the country's railway workers firmly at the centre of the political agenda. These changes would themselves save around 100 million to 150 million euros in savings over ten years – a modest amount compared with the massive debts of the train operator SNCF. But as Martine Orange reports, the French presidency's real aim is to win a political battle by getting pubic opinion on its side.

French rail unions vow to strike as Macron axes workers’ privileges

France — Link

Hours after French government unveiled details of its far-reaching rail reforms, rail union leaders said they were stepping up strike plans.