HIGH-SPEED TRAIN MAINTAINERS CALL STRIKE

Workers at the Nertus Mantenimiento Ferroviario y Servicios SA train maintenance depot in Santa Catalina, Madrid, began an indefinite strike this week, that could affect maintenance, and subsequent service levels of the high speed train network.

The strike was called due to the implementation of a new work schedule, without correct consultation, as well as the “lack of bargaining in finding ways to balance work and family life”, according to the UGT union.

The staff are also raising concerns over the “lack of recognition of professional categories”, which concerns them that they see “job insecurity”, despite working for a “modern and competitive company”.

However, minimum service levels are being maintained, with a 50% level of operation in the first days of the industrial action, despite the unions applauding the support and “the high participation that keeps alive the spirits of a close-knit squad”.

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