Spanish rail workers call one-day strike
Workers at state-owned Spanish rail network Renfe will stage a one-day strike on Friday over proposed changes in working conditions, their union said Saturday.
In a statement, the Federal Railway Union said it would stage further strikes in June if the company did not return to the bargaining table.
The workers are seeking greater job security, a more transparent recruitment process and work life balance policies.
They have already staged strikes over the same issues in February and March.
Spain's civil servants will stage a strike on June 8 over government austerity cuts worth 15 billion euros (19 billion dollars) over two years in a new bid to shore up the country's public finances after stocks plunged over fears it could follow Greece into a debt crisis.
The measures include a five percent pay cut for public sector workers from June, a freeze on state pensions and wage freeze from 2011.
The cuts are on top of a 50-billion-euro (63-billion-dollar) austerity package announced in January designed to slash public deficit to the eurozone limit of three percent of GDP by 2013 from 11.2 percent last year.
© 2010 AFP