Train strikes in France: support dips below 10%

Even among drivers, backing for the two-in-five strikes is waning, figures reveal

Support for the railway workers strike has fallen its lowest level since the action began, according to official figures.

The number of SNCF staff taking part in the strike on Friday, June 22, dipped to just 9.87% of the total workforce, the rail operator said as it released the figures at lunchtime.

Even among drivers, where backing for the dispute has traditionally been strongest, support is waning. Friday's walkout was heeded by less than 38% of SNCF's drivers, the lowest level since the current wave of protests began. Just 14% of signal operators and less than 32% of conductors are also taking part in the day's strike action.

This is the 17th set of 18 two-day strikes in protest at planned government reforms of SNCF.

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