Train drivers on French Riviera stage strike

10th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 10, 2006 (AFP) - Train drivers on the French Riviera held a wildcat strike Wednesday that led to more than half the rail services along the coast being cancelled, the state rail company SNCF said.

PARIS, May 10, 2006 (AFP) - Train drivers on the French Riviera held a wildcat strike Wednesday that led to more than half the rail services along the coast being cancelled, the state rail company SNCF said.

The drivers launched the stoppage to protest a mandatory psychological examination of one of their colleagues who went through a red light two weeks ago.

"We don't understand this action, because each driver who runs a light -- which is something seen as very serious by the SNCF -- has to undergo a standard procedure which includes a psychological examination," an SNCF spokesman said.

"It's not a punishment, but rather a procedure meant to guarantee safety."

The strike was affecting trains in the Nice area, between the chic resort of Saint-Raphaelle and the Italian border town of Vintimille.

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