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Strike scheduled in Renfe for this Friday

Strike scheduled in Renfe for this Friday

Jeickson Sulbaran

February 7, 2024 | 10:00 a.m.

The call for a strike in Renfe and Adif this coming Friday represents a crucial moment for the railway sector in Spain. This strike, promoted by the CCOO union, seeks to demand the unblocking of collective agreements, an issue that has generated a turning point for both workers and the administration. The main demand revolves around the non-elimination of the income categories and the cancellation of the 35-hour day agreed in Adif. These demands are not just a labor issue; They reflect the constant fight for the rights and conditions of workers in a key sector for the country's mobility.

The strike will have a national scope, affecting Renfe services throughout the State, including Euskadi. In response, the Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility has established minimum services to ensure that essential transport needs are maintained. This measure seeks to balance workers' right to strike with citizens' right to mobility. However, the question arises: to what extent do these minimum services meet the real needs of users?

Impact of the strike on railway services and measures adopted by Renfe

The strike at Renfe this Friday seeks to demand working conditions

The established minimum services include specific percentages for Cercanías, Medium Distance, AVE – Long Distance and Goods. These percentages, although designed to minimize inconvenience to travelers, still have a significant impact on the daily routine of thousands of people. For example, in the Cercanías, only 75% of the service will be maintained during peak hours and 50% the rest of the day, while in the Media Distancia and AVE – Long Distance services, the percentages are 65% and 73% respectively. This reduction in train frequency could generate delays and crowding, affecting users who depend on the train for their daily trips.

Renfe, for its part, has implemented after-sales measures to mitigate the inconvenience to travelers affected by the strike. These measures include the possibility of traveling on another train at a similar time or the option to cancel or change the ticket at no additional cost. These actions are an effort by the company to maintain customer satisfaction amid challenging circumstances.. However, these solutions are still a patch on a situation that requires a more comprehensive and dialogued solution.

In this context, the strike is not only an expression of labor discontent, but also a reflection of the tensions and challenges facing the railway sector in Spain. The balance between labor rights, service efficiency and user satisfaction is a constant juggling act. This Friday's strike is an opportunity for all parties involved to reflect on how to improve this balance and how to move towards a railway system that benefits both workers and users.

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