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Madrid taxis will go on strike AGAIN on Monday

Taxis in Madrid are to go on an indefinite strike Monday against online ride-hailing services like Uber just two days before the Fitur international tourism fair kicks off in the Spanish capital.

Madrid taxis will go on strike AGAIN on Monday
Madrid taxis also called a strike against Uber last August. Photo: AFP

“We don't want to hurt our clients but we don't have any other choice. We're already half dead,” said Guillermo Marquina, spokesman for Elite Taxi Madrid, one of Spain's taxi federations, who confirmed the work stoppage would start on January 21st.

Taxis say VTCs (Tourism Vehicles with Chauffeur) like Uber or Cabify are threatening their livelihoods and want Madrid's regional government or city hall to regulate them better.

Unauto, the grouping that represents VTCs, was not immediately available for comment.

Last summer, taxis in several Spanish cities went on a 10-day strike against Uber-like services.

It was only called off when the Spanish government agreed to let regional authorities regulate the sector.   

As such, taxis in Madrid are hoping to put pressure on their regional government on the very week when Fitur, one of the world's largest tourism fairs, opens on January 23rd.

CHRISTMAS

Rail strike: 271 trains cancelled across Spain on Friday

Just in time for the big Christmas exodus, Spanish rail operator Renfe has announced the cancellations for Friday 20 December when workers are downing tools in an ongoing battle over workers’ rights.

Rail strike: 271 trains cancelled across Spain on Friday

A total of 271 services have been cut on a day when many travellers will be heading away at the start of the Christmas holidays.

The cancellations include 39 high speed AVE or long distance services and 232 medium distance trains during ta 23-hour stoppage called by the CGT union between midnight and 11pm.

Compulsory minimum services were set by the Transport Ministry at 90 percent for AVE and long distance, 63 percent on medium distance.

The ministry said some 28,231 passengers would see their journeys disrupted.

Renfe is offering full refunds or to change tickets for other available routes at no extra cost, however routes are expected to be busy as people escape for the holidays.

Cercanías trains, which serve commuters coming into the cities, will also be affected and will be running at minimum services of 75 percent during peak times in Madrid and at 50 percent during the rest of the day.

Other cities will see a minimum service of 65 percent during rush hour and 46 percent during the rest of the day.

For a full list of services during the strike check the announcement by Spain's Ministry of Transport CLICK HERE

READ ALSO: Introducing Avlo: Spain's new low-cost, high-speed (bright purple) rail service

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