Public transport workers across France have been voting to suspend their strike. It comes on day nine of a walkout that has caused chaos for commuters. Progress in resolving a row over pension reform has prompted the change of heart. But one railworker stressed unions would be keeping a close eye on how negotiations develop.
The strike has hit metro and bus services in Paris and trains nationwide. But disruption has been gradually diminishing with more staff opting to end their industrial action. Rail operator SNCF predicts further improvements tomorrow with things virtually back to normal by the weekend – all of which will be a relief to those struggling to get from A to B.
“It has gone on too long,” said one strike-weary passenger. “It is not very good either for passengers, or the country.” “All the better,” a woman said, welcoming the return to work. “But I hope the railworkers’ demands will be heard.” Talks have a long way to go and this is still only a temporary resolution to a showdown that has posed the biggest challenge yet to French President Nicolas Sarkozy.