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Bilbao

Bilbao City Council terminates Bilbobus with the concessionaire

Image of a Bilbobus stop with a bus waiting for passengers on a sunny day.

Maria Jose Gonzalez

April 16, 2024 | 11:42 a.m.

Bilbao City Council has announced its decision to terminate the contract with the current Bilbobus concession company within a period of no more than three months, in the midst of an indefinite strike carried out by public transport service workers. The strike, which began on April 9, aims to improve working conditions and update the labor agreement, which has been outdated since 2021.

During a technical meeting between the works council and the City Council, worker representatives were informed about the City Council's plans to end the contractual relationship with the concessionaire. This process would give way to a transitional contract while a possible new tender is organized. Despite the municipal request to call off the strike, the committee has decided to keep it active, although they were open to continuing negotiations to find solutions to the conflict.

José Fernández, president of the committee, expressed his opposition to any act of sabotage that affects the operation of Bilbobus and reiterated that the committee does not justify such actions or non-compliance with minimum services. Despite these statements, the Biobide company reported several acts of vandalism that affected the operation of the fleet during the strike, including buses with broken windows and flat tires, as well as internal damage to several vehicles.

These events highlight the existing tension and the urgent need for dialogue and negotiation to resolve labor demands and ensure the continuity of the public transport service in Bilbao. The situation continues to develop and requires the collaboration of all parties involved to minimize the impact on Bilbobus users and workers.

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