Rail workers strike in France enters second month

Rail traffic in France has been hit by interruptions again, as unions of the state-owned SNCF carry out their seventh round of 48-hour strikes.

One out of two high-speed trains and three out of five international trains were running, the SNCF said Thursday.

The SNCF said the number of personnel on strike had significantly decreased, with drivers at 52 percent compared to 77 percent in the beginning, and controllers at 40 percent, down from 61 percent.

The unions are protesting plans to open up the company to competition from private operators in line with EU regulations, and to reduce benefits afforded to railway workers such as the ability to retire a decade earlier than other public sector workers.

(Source: Reuters)

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