SNCF Wage Negotiations: Two Unions Reach Agreement, While Others Remain in Dispute

The railway group SNCF has proposed a salary increase of 4.6% on average for the year 2024, including a 1.8% general increase. Additionally, the company has committed to increasing low wages so that none of them is lower than 1.1 minimum wage and a value-sharing bonus of 400 euros to be paid to the group’s more than 140,000 railway workers.

The two reformist unions, CFDT-Cheminots and Unsa-Ferroviaire, have announced their intention to sign the proposed agreement by SNCF management. The CFDT-Cheminots stated in a press release that after consulting members and management structures, they are clear in their decision to sign the agreement. Similarly, Unsa-Ferroviaire expressed its support for the agreement. These unions represent 42.67% of the votes against 57.33% for the CGT-Cheminots and SUD-Rail, who are opposed to the agreement.

SUD-Rail has already announced its wish to “build a powerful mobilization” on the subject of wages and has called on SNCF management to “reopen negotiations” due to what they consider as weak proposals from SNCF management. The CGT-Cheminots described SNCF’s proposals as “indecent and contemptuous in view of the accumulated salary dispute”. However, all unions have until November 22 to sign the agreement before it can be applied in its entirety without majority approval from all sides involved in this labor dispute with SNCF management.

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