Geneva transit drivers plan second strike

Geneva commuters are facing the threat of another transit strike this week to follow one staged last month that ground public transport to a halt for 24 hours.

Geneva transit drivers plan second strike
Photo: TPG

The transit workers union SEV said its members planned to walk off the job again on Thursday for an “indefinite period” unless management of TPG, the Geneva transit authority, and cantonal officials agreed to return to the negotiating table, Le Matin reported.

Around 740 streetcar and bus drivers and technicians walked off the job on November 19th in a protest over an “austerity budget” for transit and the planned reduction of 100 jobs over a three-year period.

Discussions between representatives of the two sides were planned to resume on Tuesday in a bid to head off the impasse.

Meanwhile, Geneva prison workers said they planned to strike later this month on a day yet to be announced, following an earlier walkout on July 1st.

The workers are planning the job action because they maintain the cantonal government of Geneva has not kept a promise to reinforce the number of guards in the canton’s largest prison, Champ-Dollon.

Last year, the government pledged to add 85 full-time equivalents to increase the contingent of guards at the prison to 400 by the end of 2013, but this never happened, the UPCP union maintains.

The union says it will maintain minimum service in the prisons “but there will be no incarcerations, no visits, no lawyers, no workshops", UPCP president Christian Antonietti told the 20 Minutes newspaper.

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