Lonely Planet Writer

Spanish train drivers to stage series of strikes

Renfe train services in Spain will be disrupted by a series of 24-hour strikes in September. The Semaf union, which supports workers at the national train operator, has confirmed that drivers will walk out on 4, 11, 14 and 15 September in a dispute over staff resourcing.

Renfe train services, Spain.
Renfe train services, Spain. Image by eldelinux / CC BY 2.0

Another workers’ union, CCOO, which may yet join the strike action, estimates that the national train operator needs 1125 more staff to shore up maintenance on the trains. Data for the first half of 2015 revealed that Spain’s high-speed AVE rail services and other long-distance train services are becoming increasingly important to travellers and were more popular than domestic flights; a trend that began last year. Read more: thelocal.es and elpais.com