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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #282 - SNCF: Facing Macron, round back or arm wrestling? (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 21 Apr 2018 10:22:46 +0300


While the SNCF has achieved, for its 80 years, 1.33 billion euros in profits, the state wants to complete the privatization that will put the coup de grace to the public service, to the detriment of users, users, railwaymen and railway workers. To oppose it, you need a real blocking strike, not the eclipsing strike invented by the CGT, Unsa and CFDT federations ! ---- On 1 st July 2017 Macron addressed some railway workers and railway handpicked: " Are we talking frankly if we hit the debt, what new social pact she is ready to have the train ?[...]We ask the SNCF to go further on the reforms, the status, the mobility, the pension scheme " [1]. Since then, Jean-Cyril Spinetta, former CEO of Air France - which he privatized - has been tasked with writing a report on the future of the public company. Based on its recommendations, taken by the government and SNCF management, the " railway pact " is a real provocation for both users and users of rail and SNCF staff.

No less than 9,000 kilometers of branch lines are deemed unprofitable. Rather than clash with local authorities, the government leaves it to the regions to decide on the future of these lines. The state of disrepair of these infrastructures, the cost of their renovation, their low profitability and the lack of interest that will be carried by rail operators, SNCF or private make the future of these lines very dark.

The Navigo Pass London: 368 euros per month
Ticket prices will rise further, due to the abolition of SNCF's tariff regulation mechanisms and the questioning of the principle of national equalization in force in the public services.

In view of the Mobilities law expected this month, it is planned a reduction of the TGV park, the removal of services of medium-sized cities and the questioning of train journeys lasting more than three hours and thirty minutes.

The privatization of rail passenger transport is planned for 2019 for certain TERs, and at the end of 2020 for TGVs. The arrival of competition in freight in 2005 was catastrophic for SNCF but also for other railway undertakings [2]. The volume of rail freight has been halved and carried on the road. International passenger traffic has been " liberalized " in 2010, but only a few private trains run daily.

Rail users and users should not expect prices to fall due to competition. In countries where rail transport has been " liberalized ", fares have risen sharply. For example, the Navigo pass, which allows unlimited travel by bus, tram, metro, RER and train in most of the Île-de-France, is 75 euros per month. Its equivalent in London is 368 euros for a network 8 times smaller.

Gift for private candidates to take over TER traffic, qualified SNCF staff will be transferred to the selected company. Railway workers and railway workers who refuse to transfer should accept the changes proposed by the SNCF or be considered as resigning ... a windfall effect for the SNCF which will be able to get rid of low-cost agents.

A law that prohibits privatization, well ...
Once again, the legal status of SNCF should evolve with the creation of two anonymous companies with exclusively public capital. The government promises that the law will ban any privatization. But, already very numerous, these have considerably weakened the rail public service. And the news shows that to sell the share of the State in the Aéroports de Paris, we quickly changed the law !

This new counter-reform of the railway will not solve the daily difficulties of users and users: failures, delays, trains deleted ... The subject of the recovery of the " debt " of 46.6 billion euros by the State was evaded by the Prime Minister. But this debt (which is not that of the SNCF, and even less that of railway and railway) comes from the pharaonic policy of all-TGV wanted by various governments, led to the detriment of the regeneration of the conventional rail network, with a drastic reduction in the number of railway workers (to which will be added a new wave of 5,000 voluntary departures), despite a rise in the price of tickets.

Overcome the strategy of the eclipse strike
Railway and railway workers will have to fight very hard to face this new challenge. The latest conflicts have been lost due to lack of trade union unity and losing strategies based on repeated high-speed demobilizers.

If there is unanimity to start the strike on April 3, the CGT, Unsa and CFDT-Cheminots federations call for two-day strikes every five days, while SUD-Rail has a mandate for a re-negotiable strike decided in general assemblies. . The 36 days of square strike that are scheduled do not block the economy and confiscate strikers the conduct of the movement. The basic union teams will, more than ever, go beyond themselves and unite to impose the terms of the strike.

Finally, since the attacks against the railway workers are of the same nature as those targeting other employees, retirees, young people as well as users and users of public services, the convergence of struggles will be an undeniable asset. In this sense, the aggregation of various mobilizations on March 22 is a positive signal.

Martial (AL Nantes)

Railroad status, scarecrow to liberals

The railway status would disappear for future hires. In other words, the future jobs of SNCF and private companies will be based on precariousness. The status cheminot is the box fantasy agitated to manipulate the opinion. The statute makes it possible to assimilate the railway workers to civil servants, because it does not provide for economic redundancies and defines conditions of career development - which otherwise are not automatic. In reality, workers are subject to the same contribution periods as other employees in order to receive a full pension. The statutory pay grid is not stupendous. The gross salary of a novice railway worker at the bottom of the ladder is less than the Smic; the salary of the highest executive with the maximum seniority is 3.6 times higher.

Those who see their remuneration explode, however, are the senior executives " out of status ", like the Minister of Armies Florence Parly who previously received the equivalent of 35 Smic per month to SNCF Voyages. Traffickers of railway status also forget to remind the constraints related to the continuity of a public service that must operate 24/7. Moreover, if the life of cheminot.e was so advantageous, why SNCF does it have such a hard time recruiting train drivers or referral agents, for example, and why did 1,400 officers voluntarily leave the company in 2016 ?


[1] The Echoes, September 6, 2017.

[2] See " Rail Freight: A Social and Ecological Scam ", Alternative Libertaire, November 2009.

http://www.alternativelibertaire.org/?SNCF-Face-a-Macron-dos-rond-ou-bras-de-fer
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