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The three month long rolling rail worker strikes in France were due to come to an end canada goose black friday sale on Thursday, much to the relief of passengers.

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Not only are the more hardline CGT and Sud Rail continuing the strikes throughout the summer but they will target the first weekend of the school holidays Friday July 6th and 7th when many French families will head canada goose outlet shop away on holiday.

Fabien Dumas, the Federal Secretary of Sud Rail told The Local that holidaymakers should not blame them, but Macron and his government for passing the “Thatcherite reforms”.

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They also opposed plans to turn the SNCF into a joint stock company, seeingit as a first step toward privatisation which they believe would harm publicservices.

canada goose outlet belgium “This law was bad reform canada goose outlet parka to begin before it was voted through parliament and it still a bad law after the vote,” said Dumas. “We protested before to prevent the canada goose outlet nyc law coming into force, now we are protesting to call for the law to be abolished.” canada goose outlet belgium

canada goose outlet online “The aim of the reform is to improve the quality of the service for users, which we agree with, but the law begins by saying the special status of rail workers is bad and that we must open up the rail canada goose outlet black friday network to competition. canada goose outlet online

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Dumas says that the reform is not good for rail users or rail workers.

There has been some suggestion that the two unions were continuing the strike in order to flex their muscles ahead of “professional elections” in November, when workers vote for the union they want to represent them.

In general the most powerful unions among the workers will have more chance of having their demands heard by bosses.

canada goose outlet toronto location But Dumas dismisses this suggestion and says Sud official canada goose outlet Rail only objective is the abolition of the reform and they say the only way they have a chance is by striking. canada goose outlet toronto location

canada goose vest outlet “The logic is simple. Workers have never achieved anything canada goose factory outlet without going on strike. All the rights we have won over time have been by striking. Bosses have never given away anything for free,” said Dumas. canada goose vest outlet

The union leader was unapologetic about striking on the first weekend of the summer holidays.

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It is still not certain how much impact the strikes on July 6th and canada goose outlet 7th will have on train services.

canada goose outlet store toronto During the last three months the participation rate of rail workers in the rolling strikes has steadily decreased to the point when on the final day of the strike only 10 percent of cheminots joined the walk out and only 32 percent of train drivers. canada goose outlet store toronto

While most TGV and international services ran as normal there was still disruption and cancellations on TER and Intercit mainline services.

Dumas believes that even though two unions have decided not to continue the strike it doesn mean there will be less disruption to train services on July 6th and 7th.

“The CGT and Sud Rail together represent 51 percent of rail workers and can still mobilise more workers unlike the CFDT union which represents managers.

canada goose outlet london “The number of strikers won change in fact there picframer could even be a bounce in mobilisation among rail workers.” canada goose outlet london

And the Sud Rail representative insists they don just have their own interests at heart and blames Macron for taking the path of former Conservative British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

canada goose jacket outlet uk “The same thing is happening everywhere, in hospitals, in schools, in retirement homes, in the energy sector. Macron is passing all these Thatcherite reforms. None of this is the fault of unions or rail workers or nurses, Cheap canada goose but the government. canada goose jacket outlet uk

canada goose outlet usa “Next time maybe the public need to think about that when they vote.” canada goose outlet usa

The government argues that the SNCF a bastion of union power needs tocut costs and improve flexibility before the EU passengerrailmarket is

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