Commuters in France are once again facing delays, as bus and rail workers embark on a second day of industrial action in protest against the proposed pension reforms.
The disruption looks set to continue into the weekend.
“It’s a bit irritating for those who are working, but I understand their reasons, that’s it,” said one commuter.
“I am a bit tired of the hassle of trying to get to work,” said another. “And yes I want to work. I think that a point must be reached when we have to accept the decision, and here in France we need to change our attitude and look at how they do things in other countries.”
Only one in three TGVs are running according to the French railways, while half of the regional services are in operation.
Employment Minister Eric Woerth is aware that it is a difficult situation:
“I don’t deny that people are on the streets, but at the same time, what do you do about retirement? Do we reduce pensions? Do we raise taxes to an unacceptable level and try to balance the system?”
With another general strike called for October 16th, the battle between government and unions looks set to continue.