Unions overwhelmed by a collective of controllers created on Facebook

TGV controllers are demanding, in particular, a status similar to that of drivers (here, on December 2, during the SNCF strike at Montparnasse station). Pierrick Villette/ABACA

STORY – For the company, this headless movement is a nightmare.

A switchmen’s strike overwhelmed by their working conditions. A stroke of blood from all the railway workers dissatisfied with the salary increases for 2023, however very significant (5.7%). The SNCF had made all sorts of scenarios for Christmas. But not the good one: a large part of the controllers, who take care of themselves like the unloved of the railway company, will put their bags down from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 December. Result: one TGV in three canceled and 200,000 passengers deprived of travel.

It’s an unusual move.», Says by way of apology Christophe Fanichet, CEO of SNCF Voyageurs. In fact, we are far from the classic social conflicts where the unions pull the strings. There, it is a collective of controllers who are at work. A bottom-up, without leaders, reminiscent of the “yellow vests” phenomenon. Unheard of in the old railway lady where the intermediary bodies (CGT-Cheminots, Unsa-Ferroviaire, SUD-Rail) are very powerful.

“Demands are very heterogeneous”

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