Strike disrupts train travel in France
Commuters travelling within France and to Belgium will have to look for alternatives to arrive at their destinations.
6 November 2008
PARIS - A strike by French train drivers disrupted high-speed train and regional rail services across the country on Thursday.
The work stoppage called by two unions began late Wednesday to protest proposed changes to scheduling that would see freight train drivers work longer hours and be assigned more nightshifts.
Unions fear the changes will also be applied to passenger train drivers.
Only half of high speed TGV trains ran in western France but up to 75 percent of high-speed services ran to other destinations, the state SNCF rail company said.
Three TGV trains to Belgium on Thursday and a fourth scheduled for Friday were scrapped. Eurostar services from Paris to London were not affected.
There was also disruption to commuter train services in the Paris region.
The strike called by the CGT and SUD unions is to end on Friday.
[AFP / Expatica]