More than a hundred trains that had to comply with the minimum services in the Renfe machinists’ strike have not circulated in Rodalies de Catalunya and in Cercanías de Valencia in the first hours of the protest that began at midnight from Wednesday to Thursday, according to Renfe sources assure Efe. The strike has been called by the Spanish Union of Train Drivers and Railway Assistants (Semaf) for the days of September 30, October 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11 and 12. The Semaf blames the incidents registered this morning for “the chaos of Renfe” in the delivery to the workers of the letter that details the minimum services. Travelers can consult information about services at stations, telephone 912 320 320, and on Twitter accounts @InfoRenfe, @CercaniasMadrid, @CercaniasVLC and @rodalies.
The minimum essential services are established in Cercanías trains according to the different nuclei, lines and time slots, the percentage varying between a maximum of 75% at rush hour and 50% of the usual service during the rest of the day. In Medium Distance trains an average of 65% of the usual services is established, and in High Speed and Long Distance trains, 72%. With regard to Freight trains, a percentage of 24% of the usual service is established.
What to do if your train is affected
For Ave, Long Distance and Medium Distance passengers whose train is affected by the minimum services Renfe has established the following after-sales measures: Passengers affected by suppressed trains will be offered, whenever possible, travel on another train in the schedule closest to the one purchased. If you do not wish to travel, you can cancel or change your ticket for another date at no cost. Cancellation or change operations can be carried out in all Renfe sales channels.
In total, Renfe has suspended the circulation of 892 high-speed and long and medium-distance trains during the first four days – on September 30 and October 1, 4 and 5 – of the eight-day strike. Of the suppressed trains, 267 are Ave and long distance and 625, medium distance, to which are added 813 freight services that will not circulate on those days. Of the 970 Ave and High Speed trains affected by the strike, 703, 72%, will circulate, and of the 1,063 affected, 250 will do so, 24%.
The Semaf union has called these mobilizations, among other reasons, to demand compliance with the employment plan and the agreements on the transfer of competences in rail transport to the autonomous communities, as well as the recovery of all jobs and services that are have been deleted in recent months.
Renfe has taken advantage of the pandemic, according to the union, to eliminate trains and reduce the workforce by about 700 jobs in all professional categories. Of the days called, there will be a 24-hour strike in six, on September 30 and on October 1, 5, 8, 11 and 12, and in two partial stoppages, on October 4 and 7.
The Railway Union joins
With the Semaf strike, which represents 85% of the driving force, on October 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11 and 12, the partial work stoppages called by the Railway Union against “the chaotic situation in which the Renfe group is plunged – in his opinion – as a consequence of company policies based exclusively on internationalization “.
In addition, the Railway Union agrees with Semaf on the need to confront the claims of the Government of Spain and the Generalitat of Catalonia to segregate part of the Renfe group, to transfer it to Catalonia, including personnel, trains and facilities.
Semaf indicated last Monday that it was going ahead with the call, after those responsible for the Ministry of Transport, headed by its Secretary of State, Isabel Pardo de Vera, had refused to acquire any commitment in favor of maintaining the integrity of the Renfe group, as well as well as the permanence of its personnel, vehicles and material of the public company.
The presidents of Renfe and Adif, Isaías Táboas and María Luisa Domínguez, respectively, had informed the trade union organizations that, at the moment, rail transfers are one of the points of the dialogue table and that, for now, It is trying the possibility of transferring the financing of the neighborhoods to the Generalitat of Catalonia so that it manages the payment to the railway entity, instead of the current model in which the ministry made it directly.