Strike against pension reform: trains, planes, schools… everything you need to know about Black Thursday January 19

Thursday of strikes and demonstrations of the “caboose” has been announced for users. Two days before the start of the mobilization against pension reform, the veil was lifted on the magnitude of expected shocks in several key sectors, most notably transport and education.

primary schools

“The school closed on January 19”: in Marseille, as elsewhere, signs began to appear on the gates. “The entire teaching staff will go on strike,” one of them said. Evidence that the pension reform, which aims to raise the statutory retirement age from 62 to 64, is “a major concern” for teachers, according to Ghislaine David, general secretary of the first Snuipp-FSU union. About 70% of strikers are expected in kindergartens and elementary schools.

Teacher dissatisfaction, exacerbated by the start of talks on Wednesday to raise wages in education, should not spare colleges and universities. Blocking of establishments by high school students is also expected.

Trains, RER and metro

On Thursday, the RATP announced very disrupted traffic on the RER and metro networks, with three lines down (8, 10, 11) and ten others “partially used” or operating only during rush hour. There will be only one train out of 2 during peak hours for RER A and 1 train out of 4 during off-peak hours, ending around 21:00. Only 1 of 2 trains will run during peak hours on the southern part of RER B operated by RATP, while 2 of 3 buses will run in Paris and the inner suburbs.

Train traffic will be “very seriously disrupted” on Thursday, in particular for regional trains – TER and Transilien – and slightly less for TGV, SNCF Voyageurs announced on Tuesday. The company is planning 1 of 3 TGVs on the northern axis, 1 of 4 on the east, 1 of 5 on the Atlantic, 1 of 3 on the southeast and 1 of 3 on Wigo, but only 1 TER at the exit. out of 10 on average.

“It’s going to be a tough Thursday, (…) major disruptions,” Clement Bon, Minister Delegate in charge of transport, warned on Tuesday morning, inviting “to work remotely if possible.” Parisian transport unions are all the more outraged that the government wants to abolish their special pension system in the long run, as it has already done for railroad workers.

Aviation sector

The disruptions will not spare the aviation sector. Due to the air traffic controllers’ strike, the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) asked companies to preemptively cancel every fifth flight to Orly on Thursday.

Energy sector

The scenario for the renewable energy movement is shaping up in the energy sector, where a “fall in electricity production” is to be expected, FNME-CGT leader Sebastien Meneplie warned, referring to possible “cutbacks” aimed at a select few “supporting reform.” “.

Refineries are also set to ramp up with 24 hours notice on Thursday, then 48 hours notice next week, and 72 hours notice in early February. At the TotalEnergies depot in Dunkirk, “employees are very upset” by the reform, says CGT secretary Benjamin Salvino, who expects activity to close to a standstill on Thursday but no immediate repercussions at gas stations. However, there were slightly larger shortages than usual earlier in the week, suggesting a possible fear of shortages among some motorists.

Labor Minister Olivier Dussaud expressed the hope that the mobilization “will not lead to a blockade of the country.” Comments made regarding public broadcasting, whose programming should be largely disrupted on Thursday.

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