Renfe has sent 9,437 communications of minimum services, of which 1,276 are burofax and another 8,161 certified emails or letters delivered by hand, to ensure the minimum services for strikes of this Monday and Tuesday, October 4 and 5.
In a statement, Renfe explains that it has strengthened the notification system of the minimum service letters in the face of the machinists’ strike in the coming days after the breaches of the day on Friday, company sources informed Efe.
In this way, Renfe intends to avoid that in the next days of strike called by the Spanish Union of Machinists and Railway Helpers (Semaf) for the days 4, 5, 7, 8, 11 and 12 situations like those on Friday are repeated, when hundreds of trains included in the minimum services stopped running, especially in Rodalies (Cercanías) de Catalunya and Cercanías de Valencia.
Renfe explained that it usually uses the lleida.net application to send the minimum service letters to the drivers, a system of certified email that reliably proves that the communication has been sent and received, as well as the exact moment of each step, including the opening of the message.
“Very serious” offenses
In addition, the railway company has opened 31 files for “very serious” offenses during the days of September 30 and October 1 of the machinists’ strike, and its legal services and the human resources department are analyzing the opening of more files, which could lead to from the suspension of five days of employment and salary until dismissal.
The files opened so far correspond to machinists of Rodalies de Catalunya and Cercanías de Valencia, that concentrated most of the suspension of trains included in the minimum services on Friday.
The operator remembers that the Resolution of Minimum Services, which can be consulted on the Renfe website (www.renfe.com) and on the phone 912 320 320, it includes all the Medium Distance and Ave / Long Distance trains that will circulate normally that day at their usual time.