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Agreement on early retirement at the SNCF: deeming the text “unsatisfactory”, the Mayor summons the CEO

Bercy raises its tone against the SNCF.

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Agreement on early retirement at the SNCF: deeming the text “unsatisfactory”, the Mayor summons the CEO

Bercy raises its tone against the SNCF. Guest on BFMTV this Thursday morning, the Minister of the Economy and Finance returned to the agreement concluded a few days ago between the management of the company and the trade union organizations. An “unsatisfactory” text, in the eyes of Bruno Le Maire, who summoned the CEO of the railway group to hear his explanations.

“There was a dysfunction,” criticized the government member, believing that he should, as the minister responsible for the company, have been informed in advance of the management’s intentions. “An agreement is signed, which commits the financial balance of the SNCF. I was not warned. I readily recognize that it is up to the CEO of the SNCF to manage relations with the trade union organizations, but the responsible minister must be kept informed,” he explained.

The minister, like many members of the right-wing opposition, had harsh words about the final balances of the text, which notably improves the end of careers of SNCF workers and allows them to benefit from a CAA (early termination of activity) of 18 months, receiving 75% of their salary. The agreement “gives a feeling of double standards. [It is] very provocative for many of our compatriots who work hard, and who have accepted the pension reform,” said Bruno Le Maire.

Jean-Pierre Farandou will therefore have to answer the minister's questions, in "the very next few days", on this burning issue. “I am waiting for a convincing explanation,” warned the boss of Bercy, without confirming whether he could force the CEO to go back on his word given to the unions. One thing is certain: if the representative organizations and management have “succeeded” in this text, it does not mean an end to the standoffs within the SNCF. On Wednesday, Sud Rail called for a new strike within the company on May 21, believing that “the railway workers are being left behind”. “Management is content to distribute crumbs, ignoring the real needs of its agents [...]. While the increasingly contemptuous state attempts to trample the right to strike, it is time to recognize the dedication and importance of the work of railway workers,” proclaims the union, which wants a “final sprint” before the Olympics.

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