As the threat of a strike by SNCF controllers looms, the SUD-Rail and CGT have decided to maintain their call for a strike this weekend, particularly in the Paris region. According to Fabien Villedieu, a member of the federal office of SUD-Rail, between 70-90% of the controllers have announced that they will be striking, demanding a salary increase and better consideration for their end of career. Management had promised an exceptional bonus of 400 euros, but Villedieu claims that an increase in the monthly work bonus of 150 to 200 euros would unblock the situation.
SNCF CEO Jean-Pierre Farandou stated that it was “complicated to say yes to everything” and that the company had the capacity to do so. He added that if he could convince a controller not to strike, it would allow 500 more French people to go on vacation. Farandou listed three priorities for the weekend: serving all French cities and ensuring continuity of service, maintaining trains going to snow holidays, and ensuring the safety of children traveling alone. The SNCF must communicate its traffic plan on Wednesday morning.
In other news, buying a house with cash has both advantages and disadvantages. One advantage is negotiating closing costs with sellers since they are less likely to ask for additional fees when dealing with cash buyers. Another advantage is quicker sales since cash transactions tend to close faster than those financed with a mortgage. However, there are also disadvantages such as competing against cash buyers who may offer higher prices due to their financial flexibility. Additionally, sellers may not take cash offers seriously or may be hesitant to accept them due to concerns about market value or taxes. It’s important for buyers considering purchasing a house with cash to weigh these factors carefully before making an offer.
Overall, both SNCF controllers’ strike and real estate market trends highlight important issues facing individuals and businesses alike in France today.