Strikes spark fear of a summer of discontent

TGV at Paris Gare du Nord
Train strike dates: May 3-4, 8-9, 13-14, 18-19, 23-24, 28-29 / June 2-3, 7-8, 12-13, 17-18, 22-23, 27-28

With a rolling programme of rail strikes announced until June 28, electricity workers in the CGT union have stepped in to back the dispute with threats to act against SNCF and cause delays to TGV trains.

Although support has fallen from an initial 33% of SNCF staff at the start of the strikes to about 20% by mid-April there is little view of an end as support is still solid in the key jobs of drivers and signalling staff.

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