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In France, even on Christmas Day, employees of the railways and the Parisian transport company went on strike, who did not like the planned reform of the pension system.

The state railway company SNCF announced on Tuesday that it would not come out sixty percent of high-speed and regional trains and 80 percent of trains connecting major French cities and Paris suburbs connections.

According to the director of SNCF, the company came within three weeks protests for 400 million euros. He drove in Paris on Tuesday without restrictions only six of the sixteen metro lines. There are problems in the capital also in bus transport.

Tuesday is already the twentieth day of protests against pension reform should, according to President Emmanuel Macron, simplify the current one a pension system which, in his view, is unfair, inefficient and too complicated. It now contains 42 different retirement plans. The legal limit for retirement is to remain 62 years. Through bonuses and discounts, however, the government wants to motivate people to go to rest until in 64 years. Members of some professions would come after the reform benefits, especially early retirement.

Both sides are stubborn

The government of Prime Minister Édouard Philippa and the unions are adamant in the negotiations. Last week’s meeting did not resolve the dispute. Next round trade union talks with the relevant ministers will take place on 7 January. However, the head of the CGT union, Philippe Martinez, announced on January 9 another big strike.

“The proposals on the table are good,” he stressed the government’s position High Commissioner for Pensions Laurent Pietraszewski. According to him, the government wants to carry out the “great social change” it had promised the French before elections.

The state railway company expects traffic problems during all week. “There’s no reason for us to stop now,” he said on Tuesday, the representative of the railway workers in the CGT trade union, Laurent Brun.

A strike costs hundreds of millions

The new director of the SNCF, Jean-Pierre Farandou, told the daily Le Monde that three-week protests have already cost the company 400 million euros. According to him, this will affect SNCF’s financial results for the whole year. Farandou hopes that the situation on the railway will calm down again in January. Despite the strike, according to him, the company during the pre-Christmas weekend carried 800,000 passengers.

The protests also significantly affected public transport in Paris. In addition to people who go on strike, the city recorded According to Le Parisien, the RATP transport company is also unusually high the number of employees who have been on sick leave in recent weeks.

During the first week of strikes was compared to the same period last year this year, RATP employees on sick leave three times more, even four times in the second week. According to Le Parisien this way the workers of the transport company supported the strike without coming for your salary.

In France, even on Christmas Day, employees of the railways and the Parisian transport company went on strike, who did not like the planned reform of the pension system.

The state railway company SNCF announced on Tuesday that it would not come out sixty percent of high-speed and regional trains and 80 percent of trains connecting major French cities and Paris suburbs connections.

According to the director of SNCF, the company came within three weeks protests for 400 million euros. He drove in Paris on Tuesday without restrictions only six of the sixteen metro lines. There are problems in the capital also in bus transport.

Tuesday is already the twentieth day of protests against pension reform should, according to President Emmanuel Macron, simplify the current one a pension system which, in his view, is unfair, inefficient and too complicated. It now contains 42 different retirement plans. The legal limit for retirement is to remain 62 years. Through bonuses and discounts, however, the government wants to motivate people to go to rest until in 64 years. Members of some professions would come after the reform benefits, especially early retirement.

Both sides are stubborn

The government of Prime Minister Édouard Philippa and the unions are adamant in the negotiations. Last week’s meeting did not resolve the dispute. Next round trade union talks with the relevant ministers will take place on 7 January. However, the head of the CGT union, Philippe Martinez, announced on January 9 another big strike.

“The proposals on the table are good,” he stressed the government’s position High Commissioner for Pensions Laurent Pietraszewski. According to him, the government wants to carry out the “great social change” it had promised the French before elections.

The state railway company expects traffic problems during all week. “There’s no reason for us to stop now,” he said on Tuesday, the representative of the railway workers in the CGT trade union, Laurent Brun.

A strike costs hundreds of millions

The new director of the SNCF, Jean-Pierre Farandou, told the daily Le Monde that three-week protests have already cost the company 400 million euros. According to him, this will affect SNCF’s financial results for the whole year. Farandou hopes that the situation on the railway will calm down again in January. Despite the strike, according to him, the company during the pre-Christmas weekend carried 800,000 passengers.

The protests also significantly affected public transport in Paris. In addition to people who go on strike, the city recorded According to Le Parisien, the RATP transport company is also unusually high the number of employees who have been on sick leave in recent weeks.

During the first week of strikes was compared to the same period last year this year, RATP employees on sick leave three times more, even four times in the second week. According to Le Parisien this way the workers of the transport company supported the strike without coming for your salary.