A total of 573.228 workers in the Canaries have been called to strike today, 29th September 2010, the seventh general strike in the beginning of the democracy in Spain. Although it is noted that in the Canary Islands that 317.000 people will not be able to join the strike as they are unemployed (nearly 30% of the population).
According to reports, the main unions were suggesting that yesterdays new minimum transport services were to be ignored. One newspaper reports that there will be no private passenger transport in Gran Canaria and Tenerife throughout the day.
Other reports are confirming that airports in Tenerife are operating normally with minimum services and will do so throughout the day.
Here is some information about striking in Spain:
Who can strike?
Any person that is currently employed is free to strike if they wish and cannot be fined for doing so.
Must I inform my employer?
No. The employer may ask if employees are planning on joining the general strike in order to plan work and services.
Will I get paid if I strike?
No. You will have the day/days work taken off your monthly pay and have any contribution towards holidays and extra pay deducted for that day.
If you decide not to strike and go to your place of work but are unable to work you will get paid in full.
Can someone else replace me if I strike?
No, it is not permitted for employers to bring in contract staff to replace staff on strike.