Spain's rail workers call off strike to great relief of Christmas travellers
Jessica Jones · 18 Dec 2015, 12:35
Published: 17 Dec 2015 10:37 GMT+01:00
Updated: 18 Dec 2015 12:35 GMT+01:00
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Spain's CGT union has called off a proposed 23-hour strike at the last minute, ensuring one of the busiest travel days of the Christmas season can go off without a hitch.
The strike was due to take place from midnight to 11pm on Friday, December 18th, but has now been called off after the union came to an agreement with Spain's national rail operator, Renfe.
The CGT had called the strike to demand improvements in the collective bargaining agreements of Renfe and Adif, the company charged with managing Spain's railway infrastructure.
INFO: Desconvocada la huelga para el día de hoy, por el sindicato CGT. El servicio tenderá a normalizarse en el transcurso del día.— Renfe (@Renfe) December 18, 2015
"Today's strike has been called off by the CGT union. Service will be running as normal throughout the day," tweeted Renfe.
Workers were unhappy with the "drift towards privatization" of the railway’s most profitable services and were demanding that this trend be reversed, according to a statement from the union.
But according to Renfe sources who spoke to Europa Press, the strike has now been called off after the two parties came to an agreement.
The strike was due to affect the majority of Spain’s rail network, including local commuter trains (cercanías), medium and long-distance trains as well as the country’s high-speed trains.