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French rail workers vote to continue strike for seventh day

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French rail workers vote to continue strike for seventh day


It’s already one of the longest strikes France has seen in years, and now rail workers have voted to continue their walk out for a seventh day.

SNCF workers are opposed to reforms which would open up France’s heavily indebted rail services to competition.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is refusing to back down. He told a France Info radio station: “There is no need for this strike, we have been having negotiations with the unions for 18 months. It’s not a responsible thing to do given the situation in the country particularly at a time of exams. It’s time for it to finish.”

In Paris, one in four trains were running as normal.

Many passengers had been stranded for days and were losing their patience. One said: “I’ve now been waiting for six says. I’ve been given a warning…I told my boss it’s because of the strike, but he’s fed up now.”

In Lyon, some were seeing it as a business opportunity, offering car-share rides to travellers in need.

As the strike approaches its second week, all sides are hoping it can be resolved as soon as possible

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