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Bilbobus maintains indefinite strike from Monday to Friday during the summer

Bilbobus maintains indefinite strike from Monday to Friday during the summer

Maria Jose Gonzalez

May 31, 2024 | 12:00 p.m.

Bilbobus faces a summer of discontent

The workers have decided in assembly continue with indefinite strike from Monday to Friday, defying reduction plans for the summer period. This union movement, which began on April 9, has marked a turning point in labor negotiations within the Bilbao municipal bus service.

At the recent assembly, Bilbobus workers voted to maintain the strike in its current format throughout the summer, including the days of Aste Nagusia, Bilbao's big week. This period, which runs from August 17 to 25, will see a 24-hour general strike, affecting thousands of citizens and visitors who gather in the city for the festivities. The decision was made by a significant majority of 266 votes in favor of continuing with the strike, while 194 voted to reduce the strikes to one day per week, in addition to one blank and one null vote.

The heart of the dispute: working conditions and proposals for improvement

The Bilbobus Committee is at a critical point, waiting for a response from Biobide to the new union proposal. This proposal seeks an agreement valid from 2022 to 2026, including an annual increase in the CPI plus an additional 0.7% that can be consolidated. In addition, it is proposed to eliminate contracts considered precarious, which represent hours reduced to 62% and affect approximately 20 workers.

Bilbobus maintains indefinite strike from Monday to Friday during the summer

This labor conflict not only highlights the tensions between employees and the company, but also highlights the importance of public transportation as an essential service for the city of Bilbao. With each day of strike, citizens face greater difficulties in getting around, which in turn affects the local economy and daily life.

In the persistence of the strike raises critical questions about the future of public transport in Bilbao and the ability of the parties to reach an agreement that satisfies both job demands and user needs. Meanwhile, the city is preparing for a difficult summer, hoping that negotiations will come to fruition before the consequences become unsustainable.

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