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Strike of January 31: what disturbances to expect?

VAre you looking for another day of massive mobilization against the government’s pension reform project? After the success of January 19, the unions are again calling for a strike this Tuesday, January 31. A way to maintain pressure on the executive while the text arrives at the National Assembly in early February.

The first day of mobilization had seen more than a million demonstrators pounding the pavement across France, according to the Ministry of the Interior – two million according to the unions – and numerous disruptions in transport, education, the energy… This is much more than during the previous reform attempt at the end of 2019: 806,000 demonstrators had marched for the launch of hostilities. What to expect this Tuesday? We take stock.

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Public transport and train

At the SNCF, the CGT Cheminots and SUD-Rail call on the railway workers to “act massively by striking on January 31”. The mobilization had been very well attended on January 19, with between one TGV in three and one TGV in five depending on the lines, no Intercités and barely one TER in ten. A taste of what could await users in February, the unions already calling for a new mobilization on February 7 and 8, when the school holidays will have started for zone A, then for a renewable strike “from mid- february “.

For its part, FO transport intends to “disorganize the functioning of companies” by calling for a strike one hour a day at the start of service from January 31. At the RATP, on the front line because its special regime is threatened for new entrants with the reform, no announcement for the moment. On January 19, traffic was very disrupted, especially in the Paris metro, with most lines only partially open and at rush hour, others completely closed. Little visibility also in other metropolises, but the mobilization had been very followed in Lyon or Marseille transport, for example.

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The strikers being required to declare themselves in advance in transport, we should know more about the traffic forecasts for Tuesday, Sunday January 29 at the end of the day.

National Education

The Sud-Éducation union is calling for a renewable strike from January 31. In education, the first day of mobilization had been very well attended, with 65% of strikers among secondary school teachers and 70% among primary school teachers, according to the unions; 34.66% and 42.35% depending on the ministry.

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The CGT chemistry had taken the lead and announced, from the start and unilaterally, several actions after January 19, including one of 48 hours which begins this Thursday January 26, then a new 72 hours on February 6. It will then propose a renewable strike to the employees of the sector.


The electricity and gas industry sector also sees its special regime threatened, for new entrants, by the reform project. A renewable strike, launched by the CGT, has been underway since January 19. Between the days of mobilization, the union also wishes to carry out “highlights”, in particular free operations to reduce the bill of individuals or bakers, for example, or even the restoration of cut lines.

The CGT is also still threatening to carry out targeted power cuts to protest against the government’s reform project. Several took place on January 19, affecting in particular an industrial zone in Massy near Paris, or even the Figeac office of the Renaissance deputy for Lot, Huguette Tiegna, who filed a complaint, according to The Midi Dispatch.

Illegal practices assumed by the boss of the CGT, Philippe Martinez, who explained on RTL wanting to “try to make billionaires live for a few hours, a few days, the situation experienced by millions of households in fuel poverty”. A method criticized by other unions, the president of the CFE-CGC considering in particular that this “weakens the movement”.

Ski stations

Two demands in one for the employees of the ski lifts, whose unions are calling for a strike this Tuesday, January 31 against the pension reform, but also against the new, more restrictive unemployment insurance scheme for seasonal workers. FO’s notice is unlimited, but only for a question of legal deadlines, assures the union, which says it does not want to “further weaken companies already in difficulty” after several seasons upset by the pandemic. “The lifts will operate normally from the next day. »

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And after ?

This second stage should be followed by new days of strike, the unions having warned that they would continue the mobilization until the withdrawal of the text. The next strikes could generate disturbances in the middle of school holidays, which begin on February 4 for zone A. school holidays, ”warned Philippe Martinez on RTL.

One, or even several dates of new mobilizations should be announced in the wake of this Tuesday, January 31. It remains to be seen whether the mobilization does not weaken over time. The CFDT particularly wants mobilizations on weekends to rally even more people, a possibility on the table.

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