Renfe will cancel 310 medium- and long-distance trains next Friday due to the strike called by CC OO. According to the resolution of the Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility, in long-distance services, of the 330 trains affected by the strike, a minimum service circulation of 241 is proposed, representing 73%. Thus, the number of canceled trains will be 89. Regarding the medium distance, 420 of the 641 trains affected by the strike will go around, representing 65% and the cancellation of 221.
Regarding the Cercanías service, the minimum service will be 75% during peak hours (from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) and 50% the rest of the day. In Rodalies, the Department of Business and Labor of the Generalitat sets them at 66% during peak hours and at 33% during the rest of the day.
For AVE, long-distance, and medium-distance travelers whose train is not included in the essential service, Renfe will offer them, if possible, to travel on another train at the time closest to the one purchased. If you don’t want to travel, you can cancel or change your ticket to another date free of charge.
CC OO proposes mobilizations to demand the unblocking of agreements on the removal of income categories. The union confirmed that six months have passed since the Negotiating Commission’s agreement on the Third Collective Agreement without receiving approval from the Public Service/Treasury to apply the agreement to the affected workers.
Along with the Renfe strike, the unions also called for mobilizations for next Friday in Adif and Adif Alta Calidad, in this case to demand the implementation of the 35-hour work day, which, according to CC OO, was cancelled. The strike by the railway infrastructure management commissions will also be supported by the Railway Circulation Union (SCF), which announced another strike on Monday for the same reason.
The government assures that, in the case of Adif, the company is already working on a formula that allows the application of the agreement agreed between the unions and the company to reduce the working day to 35 hours per week after its application is delayed by incompatibilities with what the government has established in the General State Budget Law in 2023.
Sources from the Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility explained to Ep that this law specifies that the reduction of the working day from 37.5 hours to 35 hours does not necessarily mean an increase in the wage bill established for Adif, nor does it mean specific increases obtained from the same in the following exercises. Adif labor regulations specify that breaks not taken must be compensated with an equivalent break two weeks after the date on which they are not taken. If this is not possible, this break will be paid as overtime, according to the amount of overtime, unless the worker himself chooses to be paid another equivalent break in the four-week period.
The problem arises with the use of retroactivity included in the pre-agreement, from March 16, 2023, because the adoption of labor regulations does not allow compensation for additional hours worked between said date and the end of the year with days without work since the deadlines to do it have passed, which means the financial compensation of the hours.
In all of this, the cost of regulating the excess working hours generated from 37.5 to 35 hours per week means an increase in the wage bill established for the entity in the 2023 budget, something that is not allowed.