A hundred employees demonstrate in front of the RATP headquarters

A hundred employees demonstrate in front of the RATP headquarters

Striking employees are demanding wage increases, improved working conditions and recruitment.

A hundred employees of the RATP gathered outside the company’s headquarters on Thursday, day of massive strike in Parisian transportin order to demand wage increases, improved working conditions and recruitment.

A metro driver works four weekends out of six, he suffers from pollution which is two to three times higher underground than outside, we work shifts, early in the morning, and we live less long in good health than the average Frenchman“, enumerates Bastien Berthier, secretary of the FO-RATP traction pole which represents 72% of metro drivers. A general increase in wages to cope with inflation is the number one demand, he said to AFP.

A general increase of 300 euros gross per month requested

Same request on the side of the CGT-RATP, which calls for a general increase of 300 euros gross per month. “Today is a big warning shot“Warns Bertrand Hammache, the general secretary of the union. “We hope they will hear it“.

The unions were to be received immediately by the management but had little hope of being heard. The RATP is indeed awaiting the official assumption of office of its future boss, theFuture CEO of RATP, Castex wants to put it back on track, whose appointment was validated by Parliament on Wednesday and formalized in the Official Journal on Thursday. Jean Castex has also indicated that he will make human resources his priority, while the RATP is struggling to circulate buses and metros correctly for lack of drivers. He has promised to open wage negotiations as early as December.

The secretary general of Force Ouvrière (FO) Frédéric Souillot had made the trip to support his troops and said to himself “very happy with their mobilization“. “In their head there is the opening to competition“, he underlined, in allusion to the opening to competition of the bus network on January 1, 2025 and the end of the historic monopoly of the RATP in Paris and the inner suburbs.

Without forgetting the possible end of the special regime in the next pension reform “which is in fact a social contract because the salary of RATP agents is lower than the average French salary“, insisted Frédéric Souillot. Thursday, the strike almost paralyzed the Paris metro and severely disrupted the RER A and B as well as the bus network, but the Ile-de-France residents seemed to have taken their precautions, for example by teleworking, so as not to saturate the little transport available.

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