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Spain's subway strikes into third day

07-01-2010 09:59 BJT

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Spain's subway transportation workers are continuing their strikes for a third day, claiming to have been treated unfairly.

The action is badly affecting commuters who travel on the metro. This story comes courtesy of Reuters.

Europe's summer of commuter discontent continues as underground strikes in Spain enter their third day.

2 million people are being affected as unions protest against government pay cuts.

This is the first time in two decades that striking underground workers have not even provided a minimum service.

Madrid has made the cuts in an effort to save 15 billion euros and reduce their ballooning budget deficit.

But the unions claim the government is targeting workers unfairly.

Vicente Rodriguez, Strike Committee Spokesman, said, "We are not happy that Madrid is suffering. We are very sorry about it but it's not a question of sentiment. Our workers will give it their all they are going to fight until the end."

Passengers who face a summer of demonstrations were left to take taxis or cram into buses.

Stranded Commander, said, "We knew we'd have to wait but that some trains would be working...but it seems that they're not."

Unions are preparing for a general strike in September.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source:

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