The CFDT-Cheminots announced Monday, as the Unsa-Ferroviaire had done on Wednesday, its intention to sign the agreement proposed by the management of the SNCF to increase wages in 2024. “The consultation of the members and structures of the CFDT-Cheminots is clear: for the signing of this agreement”, indicated the union in a press release. On November 8, the railway group proposed a salary increase of 4.6% on average for the year 2024, including a 1.8% general increase.
The company also committed to increasing low wages so that none of them is lower than 1.1 minimum wage. A value sharing bonus of 400 euros must also be paid to the more than 140,000 railway workers of the group. “If the CFDT-Cheminots wanted to go further in terms of salary measures, it is its responsibility to protect employees and sign for them to be implemented,” justified the union, the fourth representative organization at the SNCF.
Unsa-Ferroviaire, the second union, informed him on Wednesday that it would sign the agreement. Between them, these so-called reformist unions weigh 42.67% of the votes against 57.33% for the CGT-Cheminots and SUD-Rail.
SUD-Rail wants a “powerful mobilization
Opposed to the agreement, SUD-Rail has already announced its wish to “build a powerful mobilization » on the subject of salaries and called on the management of the SNCF to “reopen negotiations” due to the weakness of their proposals. The CGT-Cheminots, which has just elected its new general secretary Thierry Nier to replace Laurent Brun, simultaneously described the management’s proposals as “indecent and contemptuous in view of the accumulated salary dispute”.
The unions have until the evening of November 22 to sign. Without a majority, SNCF did not ensure that the agreement would be applied in its entirety. Last year, only the CFDT-Cheminots signed the agreement on 2023 salaries. Despite the lack of a majority, the SNCF applied the planned measures.