SNCF (National-- French trains)
Five train-workers' unions call for a work stoppage from Monday night at 20h/ 8 p.m. till Wednesday morning at 8h. According to the SNCF, the disturbances will be similar to those last Tuesday, 28 March, with on average two-thirds of the TGV or Corail trains running, and traffic varying in different regions for the TER. The Eurostar and Thalys are supposed to run normally.
The SNCF plans to publish more specific information Sunday afternoon. Online you can consult www.infolignes.com or www.ter-sncf.com for regional service (www.abcdtrain.com in Ile-de-France, the Paris region). By telephone you can get information (in French) at 3635 ou 0.805.700.805 (free) for the overall "tendency" in Ile-de-France.
RATP (Trains in Ile-de-France)
Two RATP unions call for a work stoppage on Tuesday in Paris. The management expects two out of three trains to be running on the métro, three out of four on the RER A (transfer RATP to SNCF at Nanterre Préfecture suspended); 50% of trains running on the RER B (transfer at the Gare du Nord suspended).
Traffic will be "almost normal" on buses and the tram.
RATP information on the internet: www.ratp.fr
Internet mobile: wap.ratp.fr; imod.ratp.fr
Numéro vert: 0-800-15-11-11
To contact a telephone advisor (in French): 08-92-68-77-14 (0,34 euro/mn)
Préavis de grève (advanced notice of strikes) have been posted in the urban transport of many towns, including Marseille, Clermont-Ferrand, Reims, Saint-Malo,
Cannes, Nice, Amiens, Lorient, Orléans, Dijon, and Toulouse. More information late Sunday afternoon.
At Air France, ten unions call for work stoppages for between three hours and ten minutes up to 24 hours, with air traffic disrupted by the air traffic controllers, who are public employees, many of whom will be on strike.
On Sunday, the management of Air France was assuring that the strike would have "little or no repercussion" on its flights. There will be more information on Monday morning.
Passengers of Air France can get more information by calling 0820-820-820, or by consulting Air France's internet site.
The main schools unions are calling for a strike on Tuesday.
The parent-teachers group Fédération des conseils de parents d'élèves (FCPE) calls for parents not to send their children to school and to be "massively" present at the demonstrations.
The government workers' unions CGT, FO, FSU, CFDT, CFTC and UNSA are asking for "all workers to assure the success of this day by massively participating in the strikes and demonstrations." This call is supplemented by many préavis de grève (advance strike notice) in all three branches of government (state, territorial and hospital). The administrations of all ministries are included, especially many public services such as the Post Office, Unedic, ANPE (the national nemployment office) or Treasury (taxes).
EDF-GDF (Gas and electricity of France)
Gas workers and electricians are also asked to cease work on Monday. Besides the denunciation of the CPE, their unions are protesting the announced merger of GDF and Suez.
Préavis de grève have been given in many different areas of the private sector, including the construction, agriculture and food, communication, computer, and chemical industries. France Télécom and Total are concerned, among others.
As on March 28th, the Fédération des travailleurs des industries du livre, du papier, et de la communication-CGT (FILPAC-CGT)asks its unions to strike on Tuesday and to demonstrate across France at the side of other workers and students, so that newspapers' publication and distribution will be disturbed. Several unions of journalists have also called for a work stoppage. The programs of France Télévision and of Radio France will be disrupted on Tuesday, according to union sources.