Support the French rail strikers

SNCF en greveThe French rail strike – now in its sixth day — is a pain. Nobody likes seeing their train cancelled. High school exams are being disrupted too. But why are the railway workers on strike?

They are protesting against the railway reforms of the Government of President Francois Hollande and PM Manuel Valls. The Government claims its reform will ‘unify the railway family’ that is today divided into two separate companies: SNCF which is the train operating company and SNCF which maintains the tracks. It is Europe that years ago demanded this separation. Continue reading