Spanish railroad workers, mostly train drivers, are on strike. The SEMAF union went on strike on September 30, 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11 and 12 October, which Sindicato Ferroviario union joined in part.

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During the first four days of the strike, Renfe returned 69,451 tickets for high speed AVE services. This cost the company about 1.5 million euros.

This is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to RailTech..

In the Catalonia region, the Cercanías regional trains in Valencia and, to a lesser extent, Madrid, rail traffic was disrupted in the early days of the strikes.

More than 1,700 trains that were supposed to run in Catalonia and on the Valencia and Madrid suburban routes were suspended for four days due to a railroad strike. Renfe contacted the train drivers via email, letter and even fax. The company sent at least 8161 letters physically to try to convince train drivers to provide the service.

The SEMAF union summarized its demands in three points. They want the full restoration of the trains that ran before Covid and the restoration of jobs.

According to the union, the board of the national rail operator used the pandemic as an excuse to lay off 700 workers across the company’s different categories. There is no reason for the strike, Renfe said, stating that they are adhering to an employment plan agreed with all unions.

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