Barcelona bus strike | The break further complicates mobility in Barcelona

Starting today, users of public transport in Barcelona will have to overcome a bus strike that will last for nine days, coinciding with the Mercè festivities. Today, Thursday, will be the most committed day with a 24-hour break. The Department of Labor has decreed minimum services of 40% during peak hours – between 6:30 and 9:30 and from 4 to 8:00 p.m. – and 20% during the rest of the day.

The strike is called until September 30, although starting tomorrow the break will be two hours per shift (from 2 to 4 in the morning, from 10 to 12 and from 21 to 23 hours). For the 23rd, 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th, the Department of Labor has decreed minimum services of 20% and for the 24th, 25th and 26th, when the bulk of the Mercè events take place, the minimum services are have set at 33%. A proportion that TMB considers insufficient.

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The staff demands a rise in wages like that of the IPC and will decide today how the protests continue

The strike was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon after the failure of the mediation meetings held by the unions and the company. In a statement, the committee affirms that, “despite the efforts of the Treball mediators, none of the three meetings have had a positive result and the main demand of the staff has not been addressed: not to lose the purchasing power of our salaries. ”. The committee defends a rise in wages “at least” equal to that of the IPC and adds that TMB does not recognize “all the debt it has with the entire workforce and that the company itself quantified at 25 million euros”. According to this version, the committee proposed paying off this debt with rest days “but TMB only recognized half of what it owes and only if we compact the partial retirement.”

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This noon the staff is summoned to a general assembly in the Cotxeres de Sants to decide the new steps to be taken by the workers.

For its part, TMB, in addition to considering the minimum services established to be insufficient, announced that it will monitor the situation in real time and report on social networks and regular channels. The public company maintains that the union representatives have closed the door to dialogue “without assessing the company’s proposals and reiterating their maximalist demands, despite the fact that these demands constitute a violation of the General State Budget Law, which establishes an increase maximum salary for public companies of 2% this year”.

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The company assures that “all the legal limits that could be offered have been reached and an extraordinary effort has been made to avoid the strike, which will cause mobility problems and is not good for the employees or the company.”

The break, which predicts another black day for mobility in the city and problems until September 30, coincides today with Car Free Day, which is part of the European Mobility Week. The initiative wants to promote sustainable movements to improve air quality and it is planned to partially cut some streets – albeit secondary ones – and develop other outreach activities. Public transport users will be able to use the metro, which will run 91 hours in a row during the Mercè festivities, from tomorrow, Friday, until the end of the service on Monday 26.

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Photos of overflowing containers to illustrate the cleaning strike that begins on Monday, in Barcelona, ​​April 22, 2022. Joan Mateu Parra / Shooting