Palma.—But having given the nod to the unions over limited services operating next Thursday, the regional government also called on them to respect those in their ranks who do not wish to support what will essentially be part of a nationwide demonstration against changes in workers' rights.

Balearic government spokesman Rafel Bosch said that when setting minimum services, the ruling Partido Popular had made sure that everyone in the Balearics had the opportunity to carry on with their normal daily activities so that transport to work, access to education centres and the health service are guaranteed.

The government has also made sure that 60 percent of private coach services will be able to run - 160 compared to the 20 which were running during a general strike held in 2010. But Manuel Pelarda, General Workers' Union (UGT) Action Secretary yesterday described the government's insistence on private coach services running as little other than pandering to the tourist industry.

This coming Monday, said Pelarda, the legal representatives of the UGT and the Workers Commission (CCOO) are going to see if there is a case for annulling the minimum services agreed yesterday because they allegedly “violate constitutional rights”.

Meanwhile, as the agreement currently stands, one ferry service will run to Barcelona and back again; 50% of air services connecting the Balearics with the mainland but only with principal cities, and 50% of inter-island flights; 60% of tourist transport services; Emergency health services and 24 hour primary healthcare centres to remain open; limited train services; schools will be open normally.


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