The Semaf union has called an eight-day Renfe machinists’ strike between September and October, according to a statement from the organization on Tuesday. Specifically, the strike is scheduled for September 30 and October 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11 and 12, and the union has pointed out that it expects “other organizations to join” after the general committee meeting company scheduled for this Wednesday, according to Europa Press.
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The organization indicates as reasons the “non-compliance with agreements reached in 2007 to guarantee the integrity of the rendering of services by the Renfe Group in the face of the transfer process in Catalonia.”
Added to this is the failure to reestablish all non-covered employment and all circulations suppressed, the failure to comply with the 2nd Collective Agreement of the Renfe Group “and no will to solve it”, and the failure to comply with all the agreed sections for the revocation of the strike last February 12.
The union assures that the strike is “irrevocable and inevitable” until Renfe or the Ministry of Transport addresses all the demands in a real way, in their words.
Renfe announced this Monday that until the end of this year it will have 5,720 drivers, the highest number of the driving group that the company has had since the start of the Employment Plan in 2016.
Since the start of the plan, the number of machinists was decreasing until 2019, the year in which there was a significant recovery, with the sole exception of 2020, as a result of the slowdown in the Public Job Offer (OPE) due to the pandemic.
In 2021, according to the company, not only will the OPE be recovered, but 340 new drivers will be incorporated in training with scholarships and with temporary contracts that will be able to consolidate their position and become fixed from 2022.
On the other hand, he assures that in 2007 the former Ministry of Development and the railway trade union organizations of CCOO, UGT and SEMAF “signed an agreement by which a working group was created on this transfer of competences” to the autonomous communities.
“The application of the agreement was not conflictive at any time, since it only involves transposing into the Spanish legal system the European regulations that recognize the regional institutions their ability to order transport in their territorial scope,” they have indicated from Renfe.
At present, the Generalitat of Catalonia is already the owner of the Rodalies service in its territorial scope and has the power to define the services provided in Catalonia, as well as the rates of all those trains considered Public Service Obligation (Cercanías and Middle distance).