Provence & Côte d’Azur: Strike expected to affect rail users from 8pm on Wednesday 25th May
Rail workers threaten to stage 24-hour strike
Angry rail workers are threatening to strike this week after an SNCF employee was attacked by a passenger travelling without a ticket on a TER train from Monaco to Nice on the weekend. The strike, which is expected to begin on Wednesday 25th May, will cause major delays across the Alpes Maritimes and a reduced service on local TER trains.
Rail workers across the region are calling for more safety measures to be implemented in the following danger “hot spots”: Nice Riquier and Nice Saint Augustin, and Saint Laurent du Var and Cagnes sur Mer. They also urge authorities and municipal police in these areas to reinforce security measures.
CGT representative, Michaël Albin told local newspaper Nice Matin that workers are “sick and tired of SNCF officials ignoring the situation.” He added that since the start of the year there have been at least seven attacks on rail officials in the Alpes Maritimes.
The CGT union says that if officials don’t respond to the wishes of unhappy train conductors, workers will stage a 24-hour strike, beginning at 8pm on 25th May. The union said it hopes this is enough for SNCF leaders to finally agree to implement concrete safety measures.