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RENFE to Strike on Friday 3rd August

Wed 1st Aug 2012
RENFE to Strike on Friday 3rd August

Unions representing Spain's railway workers have called a strike on Friday of this week - the 3rd August.

Employees want to show their opposition to the recently announced plans to divide the state-operated RENFE into four separate companies to cover Passenger transport; Commercial freight; Maintenance and rolling stock.

The Unions and their representatives are concerned that this measure is intended to manoeuvre the sector into a position where it can be quickly and easily privatised.

The Government has imposed minimum services of 75% for all AVE and long distance trains; 67% for shorter journeys; 60% for rush hour train journeys in and around the capital, with 42% of all other services remaining unaffected for the rest of the day.

Picket lines have been announced for Friday of this week, with a further strike due to take place on September 17th.