This comic strip breaks down the preconceived ideas about the “privileged status” of railway workers and explains their real demands.


Today’s the big day, the panic. You’ve been preparing for this for a long time, just as one prepares for a large-scale disaster. The general strike! Revolution!

You’ve stocked up on food, you’ve checked the RATP and SNCF websites, you’ve consulted the itineraries of the social movements so that you don’t get stuck on your way to work, maybe you even left for work earlier this morning so that you could be on time. And like many, you have cursed in your heart of hearts those lazy civil servants, comfortably sitting on their perks, who prevent honest people from going to work.


Ultra-privileged, railroaders? Spoiled children of the republic, who always ask for more despite the security of the job, and their 3 extra days of paid holidays? Are you sure about this? If the irritation you may feel when you see your train cancelled or your car blocked by a demonstration is understandable, the status of railway workers is far from being as idyllic as some people seem to imagine.

Massive job cuts, planned destruction of public service, transformation of the SNCF into a limited company, abandoning the status of railway workers when they are hired: railway workers have their reasons to be angry, and in addition to the deterioration of their working conditions, rail users are also affected. It is to combat the prejudices and fantasies that often fuel the divide between private and public sector workers, that cartoonist Emma published a comic strip entitled “The hostage-takers.”

Given the amount of lies told on the subject by the media, I thought it would be useful to revisit a few ideas…

Published by Emma on Monday 19 March 2018

Emma is a committed web developer and designer, whose work we have already presented to you on several occasions. She has published very explanatory and interesting comic strips on childbirth, clitoris, and mental load, which have been very popular on social networks;

Emma does a lot of engaged drawings on a lot of different subjects, you can find out what she does on his Facebook page, still enjoy his boards directly on his website

She is also the author of the book Un autre regard, published in 2017 by Massot.

The illustrations are circulated with the kind permission of cartoonist Emma.

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