Train strike: How workers are 'celebrating' centenary of Madrid's Metro

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Train strike: How workers are 'celebrating' centenary of Madrid's Metro
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Commuters faced crowded platforms and long delays on Madrid’s Metro system on Thursday as train drivers ‘downed tools’ in protest at working conditions.


The strike action was called on the same day that the Madrid Metro celebrated its 100th anniversary.


Authorities had announced that travellers could expect to find “surprise gifts” on Line 1 – the oldest of Madrid metro lines that was first opened on October 17 1919 – throughout the day.

They planned to celebrate the day with sweets for passengers and music performed at stations including Cuatro Caminos, Rios Rosas, Iglesias, Tribunal, Sol.

But instead passengers were forced to endure crowded platforms and long waits between services as the union approved a 24 strike.

Minimum services were in place between 6 am on Thursday until 2am on Friday morning with 58 percent of usual service required.

Train drivers have a range of complaints from breach of contract to lack of healthcare connected to asbestos poisoning.

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