Members of the General Confederation of Labour (CGT) and the National Union of Autonomous Trade Unions (UNSA) in Nouvelle Aquitaine called th in a dispute over pay and pensions.
A severely reduced timetable is running, with no services at all in some areas.
As many as 85 percent of TGV trains between Paris and Bordeaux will be cancelled, SNCF announced. However, the railway company said it would guarantee five TGV return journeys between Paris and Bordeaux, which is about 15 percent of the normal services, “for those who need to travel on that day”.
However, there will be no TGV trains between Bordeaux and Toulouse or Bordeaux and Hendaye.
Intercités trains will also be affected, with only two return journeys between Toulouse and Marseille on the Bordeaux-Marseille line.
There will be two return journeys from Toulouse to Bayonne, but no trains between Nantes and Bordeaux.
The Paris-Orléans-Limoges-Toulouse service and the night trains between Paris-Rodez/Toulouse and Paris-Latour de Carol/Lourdes will not be affected and will operate normally.
The company will warn customers who have already bought tickets for the TGV Inoui, Ouigo and Intercités trains, and will be given a refund or given the option to exchange their tickets.
As for the TER local trains in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, services will be running at around 30 percent, SNCF said. Ten of the region’s 30 services will not be operating:
- Poitiers/La Rochelle
- La Rochelle/Saintes
The strike is scheduled to last until 8am on Tuesday 25th.