Updated April 18: April 18-19 should be fun… not only will trains be on strike but also the trams, most buses, and Air France on the 18th. Air France will also be on strike April 23-24, along with the trains. Good times!
The train union is flexing its spring break muscle, and will be screwing up everyone’s travel with rolling strikes all through April, May and June. Two days of train strikes, then 3 days no strike, then 2 days of strikes again, and so on…
Here are the dates:
- Train strike days for April: 3-4, 8-9, 13-14, 18-19, 23-24, 28-29.
- Train strike days for May: 3-4, 8-9, 13-14, 18-19, 23-24, 28-29.
- Train strike days for June: 2-3, 7-8, 12-13, 17-18, 22-23, 27-28.
On strike days, there will still be a quarter of the trains running; click here for the day’s train schedule from Nice, plus the private Italian Thello trains should be running as well, 5 a day to all the main stops in both directions. And click here for a whole page of my strike strategies and work-arounds.
This train strike is due to the projected privatization of the French train system, which is famously inefficient, late, and beset with surprise cancellations. The train workers’ union has amassed enormous power by threatening paralyzing transport strikes (often targeting peak travel weeks like spring break), resulting in an amazing array of perks for coddled train workers and their families …far beyond those of any other workers in France. Hence those privileged few will do anything to hold on to their awesome perks, including screwing up everyone else’s travel as much and as often as possible. Sympa!
Photo Credit: Striking Students by Papillus. licensed under GNU Free Documentation License