Edouard Philippe estimated Wednesday, January 15 that the strike at RATP and SNCF against the pension reform was “hopeless” and “had lasted too long”, at the end of a government seminar at the Elysee Palace. “I will only be satisfied when all SNCF users at national level and all public transport users, at Île-de-France level, will have found the course of a normal life “, added the Prime Minister.
“I observed that the mobilization in the strike was decreasing and I am obviously delighted about it”, continued the Prime Minister, recalling having remained “constant and firm on the abolition of the special regimes”. Mr. Philippe added that he would receive the managers of SNCF Jean-Pierre Farandou and RATP Catherine Guillouard on Wednesday afternoon for “a specific point on social dialogue and the resumption of work” in the two companies.
Asked about the contestation of other categories such as dockworkers and lawyers, Mr. Philippe said he had “good hope”, “explaining the virtues of the universal system and showing all the flexibility of which he is capable, of going beyond this phase of initial opposition and to be able to work in harmony with the trade unions, the representatives of these professions and the Parliament “.