Two-day strike by French workers to disrupt train service

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, March 22, 2018, an empty train platform is pictured during a railway strike at the Lyon Perrache train station, central France. France's national train company SNCF said in a statement Sunday April 1, 2018, warning that a workers' strike will disrupt train service within France and elsewhere in Europe on upcoming Tuesday and Wednesday. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, FILE)

PARIS - France's national train company is warning that a workers' strike will disrupt train service within France and elsewhere in Europe on Tuesday and Wednesday.

SNCF said in a statement on Sunday that only 15 per cent of high-speed trains and 25 per cent of regional trains would be running on April 3-4 due to the strike.

The company says one in three trains between France and Germany and 75 per cent of Eurostar trains between Paris and London will be operating.

Four labour unions have called on rail workers to strike for two days every week until the end of June.

They are protesting a government plan to prepare SNCF before the service is opened to competition and to end some worker benefits.

Thalys trains between France, Belgium and the Netherlands should be running normally.


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