Madrid metro workers vote against renewal of strike

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Metro employees in Madrid decided Monday not to renew a strike that caused chaos in the Spanish capital last week, in order to negotiate with the management, a spokesman for the strike committee said.

He said the employees are to vote again on July 12 on whether to renew the walkout depending on the outcome of the negotiations.

The 7,500 workers are protesting a wage cut of around 5.0 percent by the right-wing regional government, in line with similar measures on public employees' pay adopted last month by Spain's Socialist government.

A four-day metro strike last week caused massive transport disruption throughout the city.

About two million passengers a day normally take the underground rail system.

Trade unions plan a 24-hour general strike on September 29 against public spending cuts and reform of Spain's labour laws.

© 2010 AFP

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