SNCF ticket sellers on strike Wednesday

9th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 8 (AFP) - The ticket sellers and sales staff of the French national railway SNCF have called for a strike by all railroad unions starting late Tuesday to protest plans to cut a third of sales jobs by 2008.

PARIS, Nov 8 (AFP) - The ticket sellers and sales staff of the French national railway SNCF have called for a strike by all railroad unions starting late Tuesday to protest plans to cut a third of sales jobs by 2008.

Some seven unions representing railway workers have joined the strike action, which was expected to continue until Thursday at 6am.

Another larger strike was expected on Monday November 21.

According to the CGT, the railroad's biggest union, the SNCF plan approved by management at a special meeting on October 11, expects "to eliminate a third of sales jobs by 2008", some 2,330 positions out of a total of 7,900 vendors.

The national railway company had pointed to the increase in ticket sales over the Internet as part of its justification for the intended job cuts, union leaders said.

The unions also said the job cuts would affect mostly the ticket booths for immediate departures, the SNCF boutiques in city centers and the direct telephone sales line.

The call for a strike by sales staff comes after four railway workers unions on Friday called for a strike on November 21, to protest certain measures which are signs, according to them, of a "rampant privatisation" of public companies.

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Subject: French news

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