For the second day running, getting into work has been an ordeal for French commuters, as transport unions pursue a strike. Nationwide, slightly more trains were running than yesterday but there is still major disruption. Paris metro, bus and tram services have once again been hit.
A government plan to cut back on generous public sector pensions has triggered the open-ended stoppage. “It just gets tiring because at the end of the day, it is only fair that everyone has the same working conditions,” said one frustrated passenger at Saint-Lazare railway station in Paris.
But another traveller supported the strike. “They are right!” he said. “You have to fight or this will eat away at all of us.” With more people using their cars, rush-hour traffic has been horrendous in places.
Efforts meanwhile are underway to end the industrial action. French labour minister Xavier Bertrand has written to workers’ representatives, offering talks over the next month. Unions are due to decide today whether to carry on with the strike. In the meantime, heading to the office on two wheels remains the best option for some.