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strike on RER A and B on Saturday, on the occasion of the final of the Football Champions League

The unions want to denounce “the lack of staff maintained for several years by the management of the RER”.

The RATP unions want to take advantage of the final of the Football Champions League, at the Stade de France (Saint-Denis), to be heard. The CGT, FO, Unsa and La Base are calling for a strike on Saturday May 28 on the RER A and B, to denounce “the lack of staff maintained for several years by the management of the RER».

First limited to RER B, the movement was extended to line A on Wednesday. In a joint leaflet, the four unions of the Paris transport authority called for “strongly impact» The Champions League final, which is to oppose Liverpool to Real Madrid on Saturday at 9 p.m. Originally scheduled in Saint Petersburg, Russia, it was relocated to the Stade de France after the invasion of Ukraine. A “fan zonewill also be installed in the Cours de Vincennes, in the east of Paris, to welcome tens of thousands of English supporters.

On the RER A, the RATP has already announced that traffic will be “almost normal“. On the other hand, on the RER B, traffic will be more disrupted. The RATP provides “two trains out of three on average during the day and four trains out of five from 5 p.m. until the end of service“. It invites you to take the RER D, operated by the SNCF network. The timetables of the trains in circulation will be communicated this Friday at 5 p.m.

“Serious deterioration of our working conditions”

In the leaflet distributed on Monday, the unions say they share “the same finding on the understaffed management of the RER department leading to serious deterioration in our working and operating conditions“. They were received urgently by RATP management on Tuesday, following a “social alarmon the lack of staff. But the meeting failed to iron out the differences.

RATP management blamed driver staffing issues on a high failure rate for “series», training sessions for driving the RER, at the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022. It therefore proposed to organize two «series” additional on the RER A as well as on the B in the second half of 2022, “which brings to eight the number of series planned during the year on line A and to five on line B“, Can we read in an internal document consulted by AFP. The unions considered the proposal insufficient and pointed out that 34 retirements were planned in 2022 on line A and 22 on line B. “The dysfunctions (…) will persist as the proposal (from management) is weak“, they point out.

The RATP has already been shaken this week by a three-day strike on its bus and tram network, while a smaller movement affected three metro lines on Wednesday.

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