Positive balance for the railway unions at the end of the strike of yesterday! First, the movement in which 7 of them (CGT, CFDT, FO, Fgaac, CFTC, Unsa) called to protest against budget 2005 SNCF was widely followed: 36.9 of railway, according to the Directorate, and 39 from the CGT 55 of drivers, according to the Fgaac stopped working yesterday, making the best of these past eight years this mobilization, with the exception of the great conflict on pensions of May 2003 (62.4 of strikers).
Above all, unions can congratulate partially heard by the leadership of the SNCF. Meeting yesterday, the Board of Directors of the operator has validated the 2005 budget, but he also announced some measures to calm the Railroaders. In a "mobilizing the regularity and quality of the service in Ile de France, the SNCF proposes" to increase hiring planned budget of 300, for the benefit of activities related to the according ". Bringing to 4,000 the number of hires this year and reduces the redundancy 3.290. "The achievement, better than expected, budget 2004 to ensure the financing of these measures", said the SNCF, which has finished 2004 on profit, while it was initially on a common loss of 91 million.
"It is better than nothing."
Management also agrees on the Organization of a round table on salaries in February. She continued in this approach since its inception in October, with the signature (for the first time in ten years) of a wage agreement. After a year 2003 "white", railway workers had, on this occasion, obtained an increase of 1.8 in 2004, and 0.3 in February 2005. Sensitive to criticism from the unions on the cargo on "irreversibility" plan yards , SNCF closure decisions decided to continue for two years the maintenance arrested to keep functioning.
Responding to all of these announcements, Didier the rest, Secretary General of the CGT, primary trade union organization of society, found that "it is better than nothing," adding: "It is nevertheless to first answers on important issues." In fact, additional hires concern only the Ile-de-France. "There are 19 other regions to the SNCF, and these hirings are put up to an agreement with the Union of the transport of Ile-de-France", stated yesterday Christian Mahieux, in South-Rail. The meeting on wages was to it, already scheduled for the first quarter of 2005, indicate the trade unions. They have therefore planned to meet to talk about the rest of the movement. "We welcome with the railway which has changed direction and Government", for "possible follow-up" to the mobilization, "because we have not finished with the rail record", warned Didier the rest.
Organizations can rely on relative benevolence of the Government concerning the use of the strike. On the continuity of public service record, relaunched by the President of the Medef, the Department transport le le temporisé hier sunset yesterday. "For the moment, we are committed into the path of negotiation and in the way of an experiment," said François Goulard, Secretary of State for transport, adding: "it must explore this conventional way, it is always better than the Act.