Petrol pumps run dry as two-day strike starts

7th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

7 November 2006, MADRID — A two-day strike by petrol station staff started on Tuesday with unions claiming 70 per cent of workers had walked out.

7 November 2006

MADRID — A two-day strike by petrol station staff started on Tuesday with unions claiming 70 per cent of workers had walked out.

Alfredo Orella, of one of the major petrol station unions Fiteqa-CCOO, said his members had supported the strike well on its first day and the bosses of the petrol stations should respond.

Ramon Ruiz, secretary of the FIA-UGT union, accused the bosses of causing large queues at petrol stations on Monday night as drivers stocked up on petrol before the strike began.

He said the companies had sent out a confusing message by telling them to stock up but also claiming services would still be 'more than sufficient' during the strike.

Ruiz said the companies had also allowed the sale of petrol in bags which could be dangerous.

About 40,000 workers in 7,500 service stations are striking for better working conditions.

The industry ministry said 1,811 – or 20 percent of the total number – should remain open during the two days of the strike.

Most of the country was said to have followed the strike call, except the Basque Country and Valencia which had reached their own deals with the bosses.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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