Referendum Result Due On Frances Big Railway Shake-up


PARIS – France’s rail unions will announce on Wednesday the results of a staff ballot on government plans to create a leaner, more efficient public railway company before the monopoly is opened to competition in line with European Union rules.

The unions, which called the vote days after Air France (AIRF.PA) employees forced the resignation of Air France-KLM’s chief executive, will be hoping to inject fresh energy into rolling strikes and to weaken the government’s negotiating hand.

The strikes have brought disruption but not paralyzed the transport network. So far, there has been no sign from President Emmanuel Macron that he will back down on the biggest and most disputed reform proposed.

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