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The Renfe strike starts that will force the cancellation of hundreds of trains


Renfe denounces breach of minimum services by machinists

Renfe denounces breach of minimum services by machinists

Madrid, Sep 30 (EFE) .- This Thursday begins the first day of the eight-day strike called in Renfe by the Spanish Union of Train Drivers and Railway Helpers (Semaf) for September 30 and 1, 4, 5, 7 , October 8, 11 and 12, and that will cause the cancellation of hundreds of trains.

Specifically, for the first four days of the strike, to which other union organizations have not joined, the railway manager has had to suspend the circulation of a total of 892 trains, of which 267 are high-speed and long-distance trains and 625 of medium distance, to which are added 813 of freight services.

In addition, the National Court yesterday lowered the minimum services set by the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda for the Cercanías service, considering those set by the Administration as an “excess”, since the percentage established in peak hours implied a “serious impediment” to the right to strike and lacked “proportionality”.

The ministry had set in Cercanías a percentage of 100% with respect to the current service levels at peak hours and 75% in the rest of the day, while in medium distance it established an average of 65% of the current services, in Ave and 72% long distance, and 24% for freight.

Finally, after the very precautionary measure requested by Semaf, the National Court has lowered the minimum services in Cercanías to 75% in rush hour and 50% in off-peak hours, while the rest of the services will have the mandatory minimum services that Transportes had set. .

Thus, of the 1,786 medium-distance trains affected by the strike, only 1,161 will circulate during the first four days (65%), while of the 970 Ave and High Speed ​​trains, 703 will circulate (73%), and of the 1,063 250 goods will do it (24%).

EMPLOYMENT PLAN AND TRANSFER OF SKILLS

The machinists’ union, which represents 85% of the driving collective, has called an eight-day strike to demand, among other aspects, compliance with the employment plan and agreements on the transfer of powers with some autonomous communities.

In addition, Semaf accuses Renfe of having taken advantage of the health crisis to eliminate trains and cut around 700 jobs in the public entity, for which it demands that the jobs and services suppressed during the pandemic be recovered.

The train drivers assure, in turn, that it is necessary to confront the claims of the Government of Spain and the Generalitat of Catalonia to segregate a part of the Renfe group to transfer it to Catalonia, including personnel, trains and facilities.

The Semaf strike will coincide for some days with the partial work stoppages called by the Railway Union for October 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11 and 12 due to the “chaotic situation in which the Renfe group is immersed” .


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