Many sectors have filed appeals: public service, energy, public transport, road, agri-food, trade etc. Unions of vocational high schools will also demonstrate, to protest against the reform of this path wanted by the government.
On the RER D platform at the Gare de Lyon in Paris, at 7 a.m., passengers were resigned as accustomed to the disruptions that often affect this line, strike or not.
Crowded and steamy trains poured out crowds of passengers every 15-20m minutes relieved to breathe fresher air after a journey crushed against each other. “I have for 2 to 3 hours, against 1:30 normally, since the RER D does not continue after Châtelet”, sighs Yera Diallo, who connects Rambouillet to Melun. “And tonight, I have no idea how it’s going to be.”
Asked about a possible continuation of the strike at the SNCF, with the approach of the holidays, the leader of the CGT Philippe Martinez declared on RTL on Tuesday morning: “It is the employees on strike who will decide. As at TotalEnergies”.
The CGT, at the forefront of the movement at TotalEnergies, is calling for a 10% increase in wages (7% for inflation and 3% for the sharing of wealth) “in a group that is not in difficulty, far from it “.
Sectors could move towards renewable strikes, such as railway workers who intend to take advantage of the window open until the holidays on Friday evening, to negotiate wage increases.
– 150 rally points –
On the executive side, “the President of the Republic appealed to everyone’s spirit of responsibility and highlighted the unbearable consequences for those who suffer daily from this galley”, indicated Monday evening a participant in a meeting convened by Emmanuel Macron shortly before.
The circulation of regional trains will be disrupted, with one TER and one Intercity train out of two on average, as well as on the Ile-de-France networks operated by SNCF.
On the RATP side, bus traffic will also be degraded with two out of three buses on average, while metro traffic will be almost normal. Three out of four RERs will operate on the portions of lines A and B operated by RATP.
In the oil industry where the conflict started at the end of September, the strike was to continue on Tuesday at TotalEnergies, in the refining and/or fuel depot teams.
Nearly 150 assembly points are planned in France, according to the CGT, which organizes this day with the FO, Solidaires and FSU unions and the youth organizations Fidl, MNL, Unef and High School Life.
The first trade union in France, the CFDT, on the other hand, decided to stay away from the movement, not believing in the effectiveness of major interprofessional demonstrations to obtain wage increases in companies.
– “Unacceptable” requisitions –
In Paris, the demonstration will start at 2:00 p.m. from Place d’Italie. The procession of vocational high schools will parade from the Saint-François-Xavier metro to the Sèvres-Babylone metro.
Mathilde Panot, president of the LFI group in the Assembly, will be present among the demonstrators, 48 hours after the “March for expensive living” organized by the left-wing parties on Sunday in Paris.
The leader of LFI, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, is expected at the assembly of railway workers to be held at 11 a.m. at Gare de Lyon.
The police anticipate 15,000 and 2,000 people respectively for the two Parisian demonstrations, and the authorities expect to see the “ultrayellow” and “ultraleft” trying to form a procession in front of the union square.
The previous day of interprofessional mobilization, on September 29, brought together 118,500 people, including 13,500 in Paris according to the police (250,000 and 40,000 according to the organizers).
The participants will march for “the increase in wages and the defense of the right to strike”, according to the terms of the inter-union press release published last week.
Another reason for discontent, which notably convinced Force Ouvrière to join the movement: the requisitions of strikers implemented by the government to facilitate the distribution of fuel.
The prospect of a 49.3 to have the budget adopted in the Assembly, the coming tightening of the rules for unemployment benefits, the pension reform expected for the end of the year, are all ingredients that stir up anger social.