Spain rail workers call for one-day strike

MADRID, May 22 (BestGrowthStock) – Spanish railway workers on
Saturday called for a one-day stoppage on May 28 in protest at
proposed changes in working conditions.

Labour unrest is a closely watched issue in Spain after its
biggest union said on Friday that a general strike over planned
government austerity measures was likely. [ID:nLDE64K10M]

Workers for state-owned rail network Renfe have already
struck over working conditions in February and March.

Saturday’s call made no reference to a strike called for
June 8 by civil servants, who are angry over pay cuts imposed by
government austerity measures.

In a statement, the Federal Railway Union (SFF) said it
would stage rallies and call for further strikes in June if
Renfe’s management failed to negotiate employment guarantees and
other working conditions.

After protests in Greece turned violent in early May, there
are concerns Spain could follow the same route, as the
government enforces drastic spending cuts in an effort to
convince markets its public finances are under control.

Economists have said a general strike would be unlikely to
draw wide participation, even from unionised workers, since many
of them hold the relatively safe permanent contracts and could
be wary of jeopardising them by walking out.

Stock Market Investing
(Reporting by Martin Roberts; Editing by Maria Golovnina)

Spain rail workers call for one-day strike