The General Confederation of Labor (CGT) union representing railway workers has called for a nationwide general strike and associated rally in Paris on Tuesday, June 4. Specific details of the location and time of the demonstration were not immediately available.
Widespread disruptions to commuter rail service are to be expected during the strike. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are likely near associated demonstrations in Paris.
The rail strikes have been organized in response to reforms to the national rail system (SNCF) the French government put in place in June 2018. Among the reforms are a phased plan to abolish the SNCF's monopoly on passenger rail in France, modifications to the structure of the SNCF to make it a joint-stock company from 2020, and changes to SNCF pension and benefit packages offered to future employees.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, budget extra time to reach their destinations if traveling through areas affected by demonstrations, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.
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