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Spanish train drivers go on strike but impact appears muted

Some 30 percent of trains affected on first day of Spanish train drivers strike

Spanish train drivers go on strike but impact appears muted

MADRID (AP) -- Spanish rail company Renfe says around a quarter of its commuter and long distance trains have been canceled owing to a strike by drivers.

The strike, called by the Semaf union, had little apparent affect Friday as a government demand to have some 70 percent of services operating during rush hour meant most trains ran as normal.

No major delays were reported though a noticeable increase in traffic in cities like Madrid suggested many people decided to use alternative forms of transport.

Semaf called the strike -- the first of four planned this month -- after talks with Renfe over staffing and working conditions broke down last month.


Updated : 2021-09-21 14:10 GMT+08:00