Paris Transport unions have called for a new strike to coincide with a French international football match on Tuesday, welcoming the “success” of their actions over the weekend that contributed to the chaos in the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid.
Saturday’s strike by train crews operating the RER B train line – a major artery connecting the north and south of Paris – severely complicated the entry of fans into the Stade de France stadium.
The chaos at the match, where thousands of Liverpool fans struggled to get tickets and police responded with tear gas, raised questions about Paris’ ability to host the 2024 Olympic Games.
Transport unions have now called a new strike at the RERB for Friday, when France will face Denmark in the UEFA Nations League at the same stadium north of the capital.
“The success of the strike during the Champions League final puts the unions in a strong position,” the union said in a joint statement.
“The failure of May 28 has generated worldwide media coverage and management bears full responsibility for the transportation problems of supporters at the Stade de France.”
“On June 3, we will unite for France-Denmark,” they added.
Train workers say they are also demanding less workers in terms of drivers and a bonus of 1,500 euros ($ 1,600) for their work during the Covid-19 epidemic.
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