Spanish rail workers call one-day strike

22nd May 2010, Comments 0 comments

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

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