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Strike in Bizkaibus and Euskotren: workers report daily verbal attacks

Bizkaibus Euskotren Strike

Mairenis Gomez

March 19, 2024 | 1:58 p.m.

A day between pickets and stops: the strike on public transport in Bizkaia

I find myself on a day marked by protest and demand in Bilbao and San Sebastián. Today, the streets have become a loudspeaker for the strike of Bizkaibus and Euskotren workers. With massive support, the templates have made it clear that The satiety has reached its limit. It is not just a question of salaries or working conditions. What they are crying out for is a stop to the growing wave of verbal and physical attacks that overshadows their daily lives.

The call: a cry for dignity and security

Today's strike did not arise overnight. It is the result of a breeding ground that has been fermenting in discontent and frustration. The Bizkaibus and Euskotren workers, about 2500 in total, have stood firm in the face of a reality that seems to turn against them. Verbal violence, disrespect and, most alarmingly, physical attacks, have become a shadow that darkens their daily work. It's not fair. No one should work under constant threat, under fear.

Mobilizations and minimum services: the response of a community

The community response has been remarkable. Despite the minimum services decreed, which have maintained 30% of operation, the impact on daily mobility is undeniable. The demonstrations, especially the one in Bilbao, have not only been a space for labor demands, but also for citizen solidarity. Although, as often happens, opinions are divided. There are those who understand and support the struggle of these workers, and there are those who see the strike as an inconvenience to their routines. However, it is important to understand that beyond temporary discomfort, what is at stake are fundamental issues of respect and job security.

Strike in Bizkaibus and Euskotren: a call for empathy and social change

Today's cry in the streets of Bilbao and San Sebastián goes beyond the demands for better working conditions. It is a call to reflect on how we treat those who facilitate our journeys every day. Bizkaibus and Euskotren workers do not ask for privileges; They ask for respect, they ask to be able to go to work without fear.

It is crucial that, as a society, we understand that the violence and disdain these workers sometimes face are unacceptable. We need to cultivate a culture of respect and empathy, remembering that behind every uniform there is a person, with their concerns, their fears and their hopes.

Bizkaibus Euskotren Strike
Towards a future of respect and safety in public transport

After the strike in Bizkaibus and Euskotren: building a future of respect

It's time to look forward and ask ourselves: what kind of community do we want to be? Today's strike must be a turning point, a moment to reassess and readjust. From local government to the average citizen, we all have a role to play. It is essential to implement measures that not only prevent attacks, but also promote an environment of respect and safety, both for workers and users of public transport.

In short, the Bizkaibus and Euskotren workers have spoken clearly and loudly. Now it is up to us, as a community, to respond with equal clarity and firmness. Only in this way can we build a future where mutual respect is the norm, not the exception.

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