The SFM industrial action has been off and on for months.

01-02-2017R.P.F.

The dispute between SFM rail workers and the regional government has been dragging on for months without a resolution getting anywhere nearer; it is one over pay and conditions.

The president of the SFM works committee, Ricardo Mas, says that the government's attitude is a "total disgrace" in that it seems to care only about giving concessions to private companies (a reference seemingly to the bus companies which will operate the tourist bus services). The government, he adds, is doing the complete opposite to what was preached during the election campaign.

In the absence of any agreement through the court of arbitration, Mas adds that the workers will not give up their fight and will not take a backward step until there is compliance with agreements.

The next round of industrial action, announced yesterday, will include a 24-hour strike from midnight on 6 March, the same day as the taxi drivers plan to stop for 24 hours from six in the morning. However, unlike the taxi drivers, who are not bound by rules for guaranteeing minimum services, the rail workers are. Their 24-hour strike will, therefore, mean that certain services will operate.

Prior to this 24-hour action, there will be a two-hour strike on 4 March from five minutes to ten in the morning. Further strikes of brief duration have also been called for 14, 16. 22, 27 and 30 March. The industrial action applies to both the rail and the metro services.

Just to add to all this, dockworkers at the state-owned ports in the Balearics, e.g. Palma and Alcudia, have announced they will also be striking from 6 March.

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Steve Riches / Hace over 3 years

The best solution is for absolutely everybody to strike on the same day and give everyone else a taste of their own medicine!

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S. / Hace over 3 years

The Rail Fares are too low. I pay €4.10 from Palma to Manacor one way. This fare pricing is too low. Fares must be increased, to pay the staff a living wage. The Low fares, have been at this low level for several years. I wonder how long it will be before the Hotel workers etc., will join the the Strike, on March 6. They have not had a pay rise for several years. Despite the Hoteliers making huge profits, from ALL INCLUSIVE charging.

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Frank / Hace over 3 years

Maybe everybody that has a business should strike if some competition appears. Starting with hotels, bars, restaurants, supermarkets, tobacco shops, lawyers, gestorias etc. Maybe they need reminding that Franco is dead ?

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Dave / Hace over 3 years

Maybe the people in the uk should strike more like the Spanish but more like the French. Blockade the roads and ports etc. What would that achieve in the uk. Nothing. Too many people unemployed and quite willing to take your place.

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Frank / Hace over 3 years

We are booked up 3 times this year always get taxi to and from magaluf. Just have to use the bus from airport and get a local taxi back I have driven a taxi in Edinburgh for years if we tried that here there would be cosiqenses i.e. Licensing

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MelB / Hace over 3 years

When will Mallorca come out of the "dark ages" and realize that competition is a fact in the world around it. Continue to put up the barriers and soon investment will decrease, and despite all this island's inbuilt advantages, holiday makers will vote with their feet.

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