Thursday March 22 will feature the first major strike of the season, and will feature a country-wide train strike plus numerous demonstrations. Nice’s protest march will start at 10am at Place Massena, and will tie up downtown traffic and block the tramway for several hours.
Good news is that at least this time the buses and tramway will still be running, but because of the protest march, the buses and trams will be blocked from crossing downtown for much of the day.
The locals are of course annoyed by these annual transport strikes, but just accept them as part of life… they do their Gaelic shrug, and just get on with it. Now you can too: here is a page of strike strategies and work-arounds for dealing with the bus and train strikes in Nice.
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 due to their paralyzing transport strikes (often targeting peak travel weeks like spring break), resulting in an amazing array of perks for 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!
Now go perfect that Gaelic shrug…!
Photo Credit: Striking Students by Papillus. licensed under GNU Free Documentation License