Railway workers union presses on with Renfe strike plan in Malaga Province on Monday

A TRADE UNION representing railway workers in Malaga Province has said it is still planning to strike on Monday against what it said was the company’s ‘dictatorial’ labour relations policy.

CCOO said it would put the strike, which would last from midnight to 11pm on Monday, to its members after talks between them and the state-backed company broke down. Around 500 workers will walk out across Malaga Province if the strike goes ahead.

The union said Renfe had refused to give satisfactory concessions on pay, hours and conditions. Renfe is becoming understaffed in Malaga Province, with at least 80 jobs lost in the last seven years, it also claimed.

“The union reiterates that it will always keep channels for dialogue open and that this strike is a last resort against Renfe’s dictatorial approach to labour relations,” CCOO said.

The Ministry of Development will announce which services will be affected and which will remain open if the strike goes ahead. Renfe has yet to comment on the strike.

The FACUA-Consumers in Action association said passengers who have booked to travel on Monday can claim compensation if they are affected by the strike.

Customers are legally entitled to claim for costs incurred by having to book hotels or from missed car hire appointments and flights.

It comes as the CCOO and other railway workers unions pushed for industrial action across Spain earlier this month.

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