French Rail Strike Extended for Second Day

Paris, June 11 (QNA) – French rail unions voted Wednesday to extend a highly-disruptive nationwide strike for a second day, as Transport Ministry officials called for a meeting to try to halt the industrial action.

National rail operator SNCF said in a statement that a second strike notice for Thursday had been submitted and traffic will be affected throughout the country for a second day running, reported the Kuwaiti news agency KUNA.

On Wednesday, most rail services were badly hit by the strike, with intercity trains running at 30 percent to 50 percent of usual service.

Eurostar trains to London and Lille were not affected but Thalys international services to Belgium, Holland and Germany were disrupted yet to a lesser extent than national services.

The SNCF said that it hoped the situation would improve somewhat on Thursday and that about 50 percent of high-speed TGV trains would be running. Unions have called for an open-ended “renewable” strike to protest modernisation and other reforms that they say will affect their special status and will cost jobs and worsen working conditions.(QNA)

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