Spain: train strike threatened for Jul 31, Aug 14, Aug 30, Sep 1

The union CGT has announced this afternoon the call for four days of work stoppages (July 31, August 14, August 30 and September 1), from 12:00 to 16:00 and from 20:00 to 24:00, in full operation, departure and arrival of vacations, to demand an increase in replacement rates in the workforce of the operator, the increase in the right to family conciliation, the brake to outsourcing services or the right to internal promotion , as indicated in a statement ..

The demands of the CGT coincide to a large extent with those that have led CC OO to call a strike today. The day, which has forced the operator to cancel 320 trains, has been developed without serious incidents despite the fact that thousands of passengers were affected by the cancellations of their trips.

The follow-up of the strike has been majority according to the unions and almost non-existent according to Renfe. Commissions, which does not rule out new stops this summer if their demands are not met, assures that it has been seconded by 70% of the workers who could do it, while the company has reduced that percentage to just 6.69%, about 240 of the 4,109 workers who could go on strike.

Renfe has rejected the arguments put forward by CC OO for the call for a strike that it considers unjustified since it estimates that in 2019 the workforce will grow by 80 people and that the 5% increase in the replacement rate has resulted in 49 new permanent contracts . Likewise, it has pointed out that it applies the reduction of daily working hours included in the law to “favor the conciliation of personal and professional life in the same way that it applies to the group of employees of the General State Administration”, and thus communicated it to the workers on June 18. In this regard, Renfe sees the call for the strike as inadmissible until the courts decide on this new day.

Renfe strike The unions call for more strikes in Renfe for this summer