Spain Faces Rail Chaos as Staff Begin Strikes Throughout February

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Walkouts on February 16th and 17th will impact Catalonia’s Rodalies trains during peak hours.

Spain’s state-owned rail operator, Renfe, is set to face a month of turmoil as staff commence strikes starting Friday, February 9th.

The strikes, announced by workers’ unions, will disrupt rail travel across the country, affecting both long and mid-distance services, including high-speed AVE trains.

Hundreds of trains have already been canceled in February, with Renfe warning passengers to check their journeys on the company’s websites for updates.

The strikes come amidst grievances over working conditions, including concerns over the introduction of a 35-hour workweek at Adif and changes to income categories at Renfe.

The initial 23-hour stoppage on February 9th will result in the cancellation of 310 long and mid-distance trains, with additional cancellations planned throughout the month.

Commuter trains in Madrid will also experience disruptions, with only 75% of the usual service expected to run during peak times.

Further strikes are scheduled for every Monday in February, with partial nationwide stoppages affecting transport on the 12th, 19th, and 26th.

Additionally, walkouts on February 16th and 17th will impact Catalonia’s Rodalies trains during peak hours.

Affected passengers are advised to be aware of their rights, which include options such as alternative tickets for rescheduled journeys, reimbursement, or selecting alternative services. Renfe has committed to providing support and information to affected travelers throughout the strike period.

The strikes highlight ongoing tensions between Renfe staff and management, with potential implications for Spain’s transportation network and tourism industry.

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Binayak - based in Kathmandu - is an editor and author writing for eTurboNews.

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