"I don’t know why they are striking. They haven’t contacted the Transport Minister Mr Bellot to start negotiations”, Mr Michel added.
"It will be regrettable if the strike goes ahead. It is a way of holding commuters, people who work, and students hostage”.
Why 10 October?
10 October is the day on which the Prime Minister will make a speech in the Chamber of Representatives outlining the government’s plans for the coming year.
The socialist public service union ACOD wants to stage a general “day of reaction” to protest against the government’s policies.
The union says that civil service tenure and pensions are at risk as a result of Mr Michel’s government’s policies.
The rail strike is part of the “day of reaction”. The Christian trades union ACV-Transcom will decide later today whether it will join the strike. If ACV-Transcom joins the strike it will mean that there will be few if any rail services on 10 October.