French commuters will be hit today by the first of a series of two-day rail strikes.
The three-month series of rail strikes at SNCF are part of a wave of planned walkouts that will affect everything from waste collection to electricity supply - writes rte.ie
The strikes are expected to be the biggest test yet of President Emmanuel Macron's ability to push through wide-ranging labour and economic reforms.
Nearly half of unionised rail staff have indicated they will join today's strike and only one in eight high-speed trains are expected to run.
Separately, unions at Air France are taking industrial action today in a dispute over pay.
The flag carrier's unions have also called for action this Saturday.
They plan further walkouts on 10 and 11 April over demands for a 6% wage increase that management has rejected.
The airline says today’s strike is expected to ground 30% of its long-haul flights out of Paris's Charles de Gaulle Airport.
About 67% of its medium-haul flights will operate and 85% of short-haul ones.
Air France has said around a third of its pilots, 20% of cabin crew and 15% of ground staff are expected to join the strike.
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