Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Activities in France Paralyzed due to Workers Strike

Train in FranceThe strike of railway workers who refused to restructure the transport sector has stopped some train services across France. French Transport Minister Dominique Bussereau, said on Tuesday the strike had caused a third of the domestic network superfast TGV train, and about half the network of regional TER regional trains to a halt, and activities in France paralyzed. Passengers on some routes in Paris accumulate, whereas in some other routes are not affected.

Three railway unions on strike action to protest the restructuring of the national railway authority SNCF. Dominique said on television that about 6000 to 7000 workers affected by restructuring of the SNCF would remain employed. The strike was one of a number of unions strike action this week when parliament began discussing the budget and expenditure for the year 2010.

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