SNCF facing tensions over workforce and purchasing power

While the train drivers’ strike in Germany paralyzed rail traffic across the Rhine for three days, from January 10 to 13, the SNCF unions met on Wednesday January 10. The four organizations had promised to meet to discuss the follow-up to the mandatory annual negotiations (NAO) on salaries in November 2023. They resulted in an average increase in remuneration of 4.6% for the year 2024. Insufficient for the CGT and Sud-Rail, who did not sign the agreement. Acceptable for the UNSA and the CFDT, who initialed it but are now awaiting progress from management on the reduction of the salary scale, the improvement of working conditions and the exercise of professions or the adjustment of the end of career.

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At the end of this meeting “posed, interesting in substance”According to Thomas Cavel, general secretary of CFDT-Cheminots, no joint action on purchasing power was ultimately decided. Not even in a letter to the CEO, Jean-Pierre Farandou. Between the CGT and Sud-Rail, which are demanding a general increase, the UNSA, which wants to work on working conditions and executive training, or the CFDT, which defends the negotiation of a company agreement on sharing of the value, there is currently no convergence of method.

However, everyone will make their demands heard. For Thomas Cavel, the increase in train attendance, with tickets going at high prices at Christmas, without a strike, and the subsequent good results of the SNCF group must benefit employees more. In December 2023, they received a value sharing bonus, a new form of the “Macron bonus”, of 400 euros.

Bonus negotiations for the Olympic Games

There is also, for the moment, no common demand on the negotiations of the firsts for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Discussions continue. Management has already put on the table a compensation proposal of 50 euros per day, higher than what the RATP offers (15 euros), additional resources for childcare assistance, vacations in camps and facilities for placing leave in a time savings account or being paid for days saved.

Railway workers who move their leave will benefit from bonuses of between 300 and 500 euros. But management has chosen to leave it to each establishment to negotiate with its union organizations which agents will be able to benefit from these advantages and under what conditions. The discussions, closely followed at the national level, are thus very decentralized, limiting, for the moment, the risk of a general movement.

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