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The train drivers of Metro Bilbao will support new strikes this Friday at peak hours

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The first day ended with a participation close to 90%, according to the Semaf union.


Euskaraz irakurri: Metro Bilbaoko makinistek lanuzte berriak egingo dituzte ostiral honetan, puntako orduetan

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The 200 train drivers of Metro Bilbao will support this Friday new strikes, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., and from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., summoned by the Semaf union, after the “great mobilization” last Wednesday, which had a follow-up of the stoppages “of 90%”. The template thus intends to demand that the company’s management “flee from the model low cost you are implementing and commit to the safety and professionalization of the driving group“.


In a statement, the Secretary of Regional Railways of Semaf, José Javier Bleda, has denounced that “there is great discomfort among the train drivers of Metro Bilbao, since, on the one hand, the company wants to introduce third world measuressuch as, for example, that at any time a ‘non-driver’ drives a train to alleviate mismanagement, which has led to a staff shortage”.

“It would be as if in the air field a worker who carries out the shipments, from one moment to the next, is called to take the plane, because they do not have a pilot,” he warned.

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On the other hand, he has reproached that the company “is trying to falsely close the next agreement, since they can continue to please other organizations with perks, but if they do not have the measures that we drivers demand, the protests will take place over time“.

Train drivers are exercising their fundamental right to strike while respecting the Minimum dictated servicesso that users can continue to travel by rail, even if they do so with the inconvenience that a day of strikes entails, the union has asserted.

However, Semaf is collecting information on “certain bad practices of the company, aimed at disguising the follow-up of the strike and its effects by adulterating the order of minimum services.”

In his opinion, the company must “return to sanity and include in its regulations the measures for a continuous professionalization of the groupthe recognition of their responsibilities and the definition of the competences, rights and duties of train drivers”.

The stoppages will be repeated on Wednesday, June 29 and Friday, July 1 (from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.), Thursday 7, Friday 8, and Saturday July 9 (from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.). 00 to 21:00) and Wednesday 13 and Friday 15 July (from 07:00 to 09:00 and from 19:00 to 21:00).

Source: Eitb

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