A new day of intersectoral strikes is announced this Thursday at the call of the CGT, which is mobilized “for the reassessment of wages and pensions”. The first day took place on October 18th. The CGT had then identified almost 300,000 demonstrators in France (107,000 according to the Interior Ministry). Another movement had taken place on October 27, but this had hardly been followed in the middle of the school holidays.
For this Thursday, November 10th, the Federal Secretary of the CGT, Céline Verzeletti, says she expects a mobilization similar to that of October 18. But unlike in mid-October, when FO, Solidaires and the FSU joined the national call for demonstrations, this Thursday the FSU and Solidaires only called for joining the local processions.
>> We take stock of the planned disruptions:
Lots of demonstrations
This Thursday, 150 to 200 demonstration points are planned across France.
In Paris, the demonstration starts at 2 p.m. at the Place de la République. In Lyon, the event begins at 11:30 am at Place Jean Macé. In Mulhouse, the event is scheduled for the end of the day at 4pm on the Place de la Bourse. All mobilization locations can be found on the CGT website.
In city traffic
Many disruptions are to be expected in public transport.
In Paris, the motto is “Zero Metro, Zero RER”. Seven subway lines will be closed entirely and another seven will only be open during peak hours, the RATP said. Only two lines are operated normally with a “risk of saturation”. As far as the RER is concerned, on average every third train will run on line A and every second train at peak times on line B.
The CTS traffic in the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg has also announced a strike for this Thursday. The CTS points out on its website that tram traffic is guaranteed throughout the day, but that the timetables and frequencies have changed. It will be similar for some bus routes.
Because of the strike, there are no trams in Nice, nor are around 30 buses.
No disruption to the TCL network is expected in Lyon.
At the SNCF
In contrast to city traffic, the SNCF should hardly cause any disruption. The railway company told BFMTV that TGV services were normal and intercity services were slightly disrupted.
On the TER side, nine out of ten trains will run nationwide, with local differences. The SNCF Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes site therefore indicates that “from Wednesday 9 November and Thursday 10 November, TER traffic will be severely disrupted”. In Brittany, Pays de la Loire and New Aquitaine, there will be traffic delays on some lines. In Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, SNCF also indicates that “train services are expected to be suspended on Thursday November 10”.
The occupational physicians are on strike this Thursday. The occupational health union CFE-CGC “joins the November 10, 2022 strike movement,” he said in a press release.
The Union Syndicale Public Assistance Syndicate CGT of Paris Hospitals also called for “hospitals to strike for the index point increase to 6 euros”.
For its part, the CGT’s Federation of Health and Social Action has filed a strike notice, but for November 11th.
Many cities, such as Le Havre, Fréjus or Bourg-en-Bresse, have announced disruptions to after-school reception services and school canteens. “The acceptance of children in the morning kindergartens, lunchtime meals and evening care is made more difficult, sometimes even impossible,” the town hall of Bourg-en-Bresse in particular points out on its website.
In Bordeaux, “certain crèches in kindergartens will be closed and the operation of certain school restaurants will be modified”.
Some university libraries have also announced changes in operation or closures. In Le Mans, for example, the opening hours of the university library are staggered. In Saint-Etienne, too, the BU indicated that timetables could be disrupted.
In Paris, the Sorbonne building is closed to students.
In the public sector
The federal association of state trade unions, the CGT, also joined the strike movement on Thursday. In a press release, she denounced the government’s “fragmented and inadequate measures” and “calls for making November 10 a new peak of interprofessional mobilization”.
The CGT of the Just Eat delivery service is also calling on the deliverers to go on strike this Thursday “to keep up the pressure”.