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As many as one million French people are set to lose their right to free travel under plans by the state-owned rail operator to scrap complimentary tickets for the families of staff members, outraging unions.
Keen to align itself with President Macron’s programme for overhauling the French economy, the state monopoly SNCF intends to end free travel for the in-laws and grandparents of rail employees.
Rail unions and staff have long considered the perk as sacrosanct, but the government says the privilege costs ¤100 million a year. The threat emerged as many of SNCF’s 175,000 staff prepared to join protests today.
This article first appeared on www.thetimes.co.uk
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