Public transport strikes leave Paris at a standstill

Public transport strikes leave Paris at a standstill
Public transport strikes leave Paris at a standstill. Image: Catarina Belova/

Parisiens are facing major disruption as public transport workers have gone on strike to protest the impact of inflation on the living standards. 

Public transport workers in Paris are the latest group to go on strike as trade unions across the country and across various sectors consider industrial action throughout the winter. 

A representative from the RATP trade union has said that as a result of the Paris transport strike, held on Thursday 10 November, the city’s transport system is “on the verge of implosion”. Half of the city’s metro lines will be closed, and on others there will only be services during peak times. 

According to reporting by French broadcaster RFI, unions across France have been demanding wage increases in order to help workers deal with national inflation, which currently exceeds 6%. 

The transport system has also more generally been beset by the fact that there are issues with understaffing due to recruitment difficulties and an increase in absenteeism. 

Paris is not the only part of France to witness industrial reaction. In the city of Grenoble, bus and tram drivers have been on strike for six days. Meanwhile, in Marseille, similar actions have been announced for Thursday. Like in Paris, unions in these cities have denounced the deterioration of working conditions.

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