SNCF announces pay rises after strikes in France, unions want more

SNCF has agreed to give its workers a pay rise after many went on strike yesterday (July 6), to call for salaries which would enable them to face up to inflation. The workers claim they have not had an increase for eight years.The rail operator has said that it will introduce a general salary increase of 1.4%, as well as a 4% rise for unsociable hours such as nights, weekends and public holidays. This will equate to a real term average rise of 3.7% for lower-level workers and 2.2% for managers. SNCF has also said that it is ‘committed’ to carrying out its annual negotiations with workers in December.