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Economy

French rail workers begin nationwide strike over president’s labor reforms

Paris / Employees of France‘s state-owned rail company SNCF on Tuesday began a three-month strike over the president’s reform plans.


Emmanuel Macron’s reforms included opening lines to competition in the public sector and stripping newly recruited rail workers of a special status guaranteeing jobs for life and early retirement.

For the total of 36 days of strike that was set to last until the end of June, the rail workers were expected to alternate between two days of strike action and three at work.

Only one in eight high-speed trains (TGV) were scheduled during the strike called for by SNCF.

Although the cancellation of international lines only affected 25 percent globally, there were no journeys scheduled Tuesday to Spain (Barcelona-Paris, Barcelona-Lyon, Barcelona-Toulouse and Madrid-Marseille).

The strike coincided with the fourth round of strike action by Air France, which started in February over salary increases

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Question 1
En el texto se habla…
A
de unas averías que han afectado al transporte público en Francia.
B
de unas protestas en contra del programa de Macron.
C
de unas manifestaciones a favor de las políticas del presidente Macron.
Question 2
Según el texto…
A
se espera que haya más huelgas en contra de Macron.
B
no se prevé que haya más huelgas en contra de Macron.
C
esta ha sido la única huelga en contra de Macron.
Question 3
Estos paros apenas han afectado a los ciudadanos franceses.
A
Así es.
B
Para nada.
C
No se sabe.
Question 4
En el texto se dice que…
A
solo habrá dos días de paros cada mes.
B
habrá dos días seguidos de paros cada cinco días.
C
los conductores de tren harán paros cada año.
Question 5
Todos los trabajadores piden que se elimine un estatuto laboral específico.
A
Verdadero.
B
No se sabe.
C
Falso.
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