Today CGT announced a nationwide strike on Spain’s railways. Boxing day is a big travel day in Spain and major problems are expected.
The strike will last for 23 hours from 00:00 until 23:00 on Friday, December 26th. Renfe ensures that 77% of the traffic on high-speed AVE operates. Minimum statutory services is 43.5% for medium distance trains and 50% for local trains and between 62.5% and 75% during rush hour traffic. So deviations will be greatest for the short- and medium distances.
In Malaga 5 of the total 30 AVE trains between Madrid and Malaga are set. The four trains between Madrid and Barcelona are expected to be in operation. The main motivation for the strike is resistance to the entry of private companies in rail traffic and that their working conditions have deteriorated.
Boxing Day is not a holiday in Spain and traditionally there are a lot of traveling during this day, especially on medium and long distances. Thus the strike is expected to cause problems for many travelers.