End in Sight for French Strike

Rail firms say many trains are back in service; unions voting to suspend action
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2007 2:54 PM CST
End in Sight for French Strike
Striking railway workers listen to speeches before voting to suspend the strike near Bayonne railway station, southwestern France, Thursday Nov. 22, 2007, on the ninth day of strike by transports workers. France's national rail company says initial votes by striking workers suggest a large majority...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The French transit strike slogged into its ninth day today, but the BBC reports that rail and union officials alike think an end is in sight to the commuter-crippling work stoppage. National rail company SNCF said two out of three TGV trains were operational today, and at least one in three Paris metro trains were reported to be running.

In addition, SNCF said that 42 out of 45 French union committees had voted to end the strike. Although this has not been confirmed by the unions, representatives of one powerful union said, "We're heading towards a suspension” of the strike. (Read more transit strike stories.)

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