Transport, energy, schools, private sector… What can we expect with the strikes this Tuesday?

For several days, the call for interprofessional mobilization launched by several trade unions for Tuesday 18 October has found a growing echo. BFM Business takes stock of the various sectors that will be affected.

Will Tuesday 18 October be a black day? Four unions, CGT, Force Ouvrière, FSU and Solidaires, called for a day of interprofessional mobilization with two demands.

On the one hand, to demand wage increases in a context of persistent inflation and, on the other hand, to protest against the requisitions of workers carried out at refineries and fuel depots, which are perceived as violations of the right to strike. BFM Business takes stock of the various sectors that have planned to follow the movement.

• In the transports

Sector particularly examined during the strikes, transport will be disrupted this Tuesday, October 18, following an appeal launched by CGT Cheminots and Sud-Rail. The SNCF has already indicated that “traffic would be disrupted on certain TGV Inoui, Ouigo and TER trains.”

“There will be big disruptions, which will undoubtedly be very different from one line to another, there are lines that can be affected”, explained Clément Beaune on Monday morning at France Inter.

The Minister of Transport mentioned in particular the possibility of conditions “one train in two” in certain regions.

At the national level, one out of two TERs will run on average. Disruption can also be expected for TGV Atlantique and on the Ouigo network, as well as Eurostar and on connections to Spain. Intercity train traffic will also be seriously disrupted with half the service offered during the day, and the difficulties are concentrated on the connections between Bordeaux and Marseille, between Nantes and Bordeaux and on the Paris-Limoges-Toulouse route.

In the Paris region, metro traffic (managed by RATP) should be normal or almost normal for lines 1, 2, 3, 3 bis, 4, 5, 7, 7 bis, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 14. Traffic will be slightly disrupted (8 to 9 trains out of 10) for lines 6, 12 and 13. On the other hand, only three trains out of four will run for line A. The ratio will be the same for the southern part of line B, while only half of the trains will run north with an interconnection maintained at Gare du Nord.

The service rate will also be one in two trains for RER C and lines H and N. Residents of Ile-de-France most affected will be those using lines J, L and R as well as RER D, as only one third of the trains will operate on these axes with a break in the connection between Châtelet-les-Halles and Gare de Lyon for RER D. The service tariff will be reduced for buses, as only two out of three will be on the roads.

In addition, Landy technicentres, which deal with the maintenance of TGVs, on the Gare du Nord network, Eurostars and Thalys voted for a strike on Monday.

The CGT Transport Federation also called on truck drivers to “inflate the strikes”: “Employees in the road transport of goods and more specifically those who contribute to the transport of hazardous materials are in solidarity with the ongoing struggle.”

• In the energy sector

The spread of the social movement in EDF’s ranks had made noise last week, as the energy company is launched in a race against time to restart the largest number of nuclear reactors before this winter. According to the CGT, one in two nuclear power plants will be affected by the strike, which could lead to power cuts in some companies.

• In education

In the school environment, a strike by vocational high school teachers has been planned since Wednesday 12 October. Seven unions are calling for a protest against Emmanuel Macron’s reform, which allows for an increase in the number of weeks of internships, which would put “exam success and study efforts at risk”.

The movement could be followed more widely in the ranks of National Education, while the teachers have until Monday evening to decide. While the union SUD-Uddannelse has already supported the strike, in particular the majority union within youth education SNES-FSU also announced its participation in a press release: “Employees from a wide range of professional sectors have been mobilizing since months in their companies or their services to demand and win legitimate wage increases, better working conditions, quality jobs. Young people are also mobilizing for their living and study conditions as well as for a reform of ambitious scholarships.”

The extracurricular plan will be particularly affected according to the coordinator of CGT-Public Service Baptiste Talbot, who mentions i The Parisian a strike “widely followed among Atsem (support for children’s autonomy Ed. note), in kindergarten.” “Many of them followed the movement at the start of the school year, but their salary demands are still there, he recalls. It is the same for nurseries, where the movement must be followed a lot according to our information.

• In the health sector

The first trade union in the private hospital sector, CFDT Santé-Sociaux, called for a strike in for-profit clinics and nursing homes to demand wage increases.

The public hospital system is also affected by strike notices.

• In the public service

In addition to the hospital service, the state civil service and the territorial civil service also register strike notices.

“In light of the first elements that go back to us, there may be many strikers among the road workers, the technical but also administrative services or even the agents of the libraries and HLM offices”, provokes in The Parisian François Livartowski, of the CGT service.

This is the case with garbage men, many of whom should participate in the strike in several large cities.

• In the private sector

TotalEnergies is no longer the only private company affected by a social movement. The agro-food sector may face a massive mobilization of its employees when 50,000 of them had already participated in the strike on 29 September.

In other sectors of activity, disputes will arise within the aviation manufacturer Dassault, the automotive group Stellantis and the industrial and technology group Safran, where the employees did not find satisfaction with the latest salary increases that the management had given.

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