The reform aims to open the railway sector, currently monopolized by the SNCF, to competition and put an end to the special status of railroad workers, which gives them the right to certain perks, such as early retirement and job security.
SNCF workers across the country are holding a rolling strike, which has resulted in serious train traffic disruption. The strike began on April 3 and is expected to continue until the end of June, unless the government and the unions reach an agreement. On April 9, SNCF chief Guillaume Pepy said the action had so far incurred losses of some 20 million euros per strike day since the majority of trains were either canceled or delayed.
At the same time, both the French government and President Emmanuel Macron spoke about their intention to proceed with the reform.