315.2 Restructurations and railways workers strikes in France

Thursday, August 2, 2012: 12:30 PM
Faculty of Economics, TBA
Oral Presentation
Marnix DRESSEN , Université de Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines / Printemps CNRS, France
Dominique ANDOLFATTO , Université de Nancy II / Irénée, France
The railway sector in France and in other countries in particular in Europe, shows deep industrial restructurations (by frank or crawling  privatizations, as we can see it in the UK, Belgium, Germany, Italy and France). The various constituents of the working strength  sometimes react to these new orientations by fighting with different kind of strikes or threats of strikes.

So, in April 2010, in France, two of the most belligerent labor unions, the CGT ands Sud-Rail, made a commitment in a resolute conflict which paralyzed a part(party) of the traffic during more than two weeks. Their motivations were diverse but obviously the real anxiety about the future of railroad transportation, and especially about the consequences of the opening to competition, weighed heavily in this conflict. It's almost  true of the train drivers and controllers. 

In November 2011, another conflict  draws a contrast with the previous conflict. An organization made up entirely of drivers, the FGAAC-CFDT, known for its moderation, had threatened to go on strike on all weekends of December if no negotiation was reachedThat was enough reason for the top management of the SNCF (French national railway company) to commit to enter into negotiations and give in to their demands.

We aim to compare these two conflicts in order to the variety of the demands, the strategies and the management of the conflicts by the management of the incumbent operator.