Representatives of the country's two main unions, the Workers Commission (CCOO) and the General Workers Union (UGT) were at the offices of the Ministry of Public Works in Madrid yesterday to hand in their proposals for minimum services to be maintained on Thursday, 29th March, the day of a planned nationwide general strike.

The level of minimum public services at times of industrial action is set by law. Yesterday, union representatives were claiming that 25% of railway services would be maintained out of rush hour periods and 30% at peak times. Twenty percent of high speed and long distance trains will be running.

In air transport, 10% of mainland flights will be operating, as will 50% of services connecting the Islands with the Peninsula, 20% of flights to principal European capitals and 40% of other international flights.

Interurban coach services will be offering between one and three return journeys, depending on how many they normally operate. Shipping lines will provide two return journeys between Algeciras and Ceuta, and a return journey from the mainland to the Balearics.

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