Metro strikes planned for busy Madrid weekend

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METRO staff in Madrid have announced that they are to stage a strike from Saturday May 21 to Monday May 23, on a hectic weekend when the Copa del Rey final takes place at Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon stadium and Bruce Springsteen plays at Real Madrid’s Bernabeu.

The workers are up in arms after 27 meetings and six months of negotiations have failed to achieve any progress whatsoever on a new collective agreement concerned with working conditions and holidays.

In particular, underground workers have requested that they finish their shifts at the same station where they start, citing an average of 32 minutes lost every day, plus an additional 14 days of annual leave. 

Six unions make up the negotiating committee and they consider that the Madrid Metro directors “have not demonstrated the will or ability to make progress in discussions.”

Minimum services during the action will range between 69 and 84 per cent, with all stations remaining open during the strikes, which are scheduled from 6.30pm to 9pm and 11pm to 1.30am on Saturday and Sunday, and 6.30am to 9am on Monday.

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