Spain’s state railway company Renfe has canceled 1,152 train services (477 medium-distance, 230 high-speed AVE services and 445 freight trains) due to a four-day strike called by the CGT union for July 31, August 14, August 30 and September 1, according to the minimum services established by the Public Works Ministry.
Unions traditionally call strikes at the busiest time of the year, when there is high demand for transportation service
The work stoppage is expected to affect thousands of travelers as they leave for or return from their summer vacations. Labor unions traditionally call strikes at the busiest time of the year, when there is high demand for transportation services (Christmas, Easter, summer and long weekends). Although most of these strikes are only followed by a small number of workers, or are even called off early, the establishment of minimum services means that hundreds of trips have to be canceled, disrupting passengers’ holiday plans.
This year, the Public Works Ministry has set the minimum services at 75% of the usual frequency on the Cercanías commuter line at rush hour, and 50% at other times. Renfe workers must also provide 65% of medium-distance train services, 78% on the AVE and 25% of freight services.
The strike will begin on Wednesday, July 31, with work stoppages between 12pm and 4pm and again between 8pm and midnight. It comes just over two weeks after the CCOO union called a rail strike on July 15, leading to the cancellation of 320 train services.