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Spanish strike affects travelers

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SPAIN. Travelers to and from Spain are affected on Thursday by the Spanish general strike, according to media reports.

Are you traveling to Spain? Check your flight status: Madrid, Barcelona, other airports.

Spain was to a large extent brought to a standstill Thursday, as angry Spanish workers formed lines outside wholesale markets, some TV stations went off the air and car factories were all but idled, Associated Press reports.

Around Spain, unions are trying to bring the country to a crawl by guaranteeing only around 30 percent of normal public transport service at rush hour times, AP reports.

A total of 58 people were detained and nine were injured in scuffles as the strike got under way a minute after midnight, the Interior Ministry said according to AP.

Unions are challenging a conservative government not yet 100 days old, protesting changes to labor market rules long regarded as among Europe’s most rigid that include making it cheaper and easier for companies to lay people off and cutting wages.

The union UGT said virtually all workers at Renault, SEAT, Volkswagen and Ford car factories around Spain, and at other industrial, mining and port facilities, honored the strike during the overnight shift. UGT said that overall participation in the strike so far was “massive”.

 

The editor of the Traveling Reporter works as a business news editor, and is a frequent traveler. When not doing any of that, he spends time on his boat and tries to figure out where to travel next. Two of his top destinations are the Philippines and San Francisco. Email Erik! Follow the Traveling Reporter at Stumbleupon, Tumblr, Chime In, Pinterest, Google+, Weibo, Storify, Facebook, Traveldudes, Myspace.