This message first appeared in 2014 in the form of email chains. The text in question compares the income of TGV drivers from a Paris-Frankfurt, whether they are employed in France or in Germany. According to these figures, the French driver seems largely advantaged since he would win between ” 4,500 and 6,000 euros per month ” thanks to a ” coal premium “. While on the other side of the Rhine, the German driver would appear pale with a salary ” from 1,500 to 2,500 euros “.
These figures are generally false. First, the coal premium disappeared with the end of coal locomotives in the mid-1970s. Then, in France, the average driver's salary is ” 3,450 euros gross “, Excluding premiums, as SNCF told Désintox. It is only at the end of their career that a TGV driver can earn between 4,000 and 4,500 euros gross, including bonuses.
Conversely, Facebook posts largely underestimate remuneration on the German side. Contacted by Désintox, Deutsche Bahn and the driver's unions denied the figures quoted. According to the German railway company, a Deutsche Bahn locomotive driver actually earns between 3,500 and 4,250 euros gross monthly, including bonuses. Even if their working time is slightly longer, it is therefore completely false to say that a French TGV driver would earn three times more than his German counterpart.
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