French Senate approves lower house's measures that will end jobs-for-life, early retirement, and annual pay rises, but the unions promise more strike action.
The legislation turns the SNCF into a joint-stock company, will phase out its domestic passenger monopoly from 2020 and put an end to generous benefits and pensions for future employees.
The battle between rail workers and the government is seen as Macron's biggest political challenge since taking office
Rolling strikes continue as talks grind on with unions determined to preserve the SNCF's public service ethos.
French railway workers will continue their strike this weekend as part of a rolling series of stoppages. The action,will see half of scheduled high-speed services and three out of every five regional trains cancelled.
Fourth wave of strikes bite as parliament passes radical reforms critics say will lead to privatisation.
Air France and SNCF have estimated the costs of the strike
Monday was another nightmare for rail travellers in France. It was the fourth time rail workers strike over plans to overhaul the heavily indebted train operator SNCF. It's President Macron's biggest drive to reform the country's economy.
Millions of French commuters and holidaymakers faced disruptions as rail workers went on strike against President Macron's economic reform plans.
Passengers of a Parisian suburban train line had to enter the train car through windows on Tuesday, the first day of a 3-month long strike in the railway sector.
Passengers at Paris' Gare de Lyon scrambled through the windows of a train as it stood on the platform on the first day of rolling national rail strikes.
Railway stations were deserted a passengers were advised to stay away if a train was cancelled
Industrial action over government plans to change rail workers' benefits and status is set to continue for three months
Unions plan three months of industrial action in bid to force a government rethink on reforms.