Joan Ribó will become the first mayor of Valencia on Wednesday under whose mandate the Municipal Music Band, a group created in 1903, goes on strike. The mobilization, in addition, will be preceded, on Monday, by a concentration of the members of that same music band before the Town Hall of Valencia. They will interpret funeral and processional marches. It is the way of these musicians to convey to the mayor of Valencia their absolute disagreement with the measure he intends to adopt to transfer that municipal band to the Palau de la Música.
Ribó’s initiative to move the municipal music band to the Palau de la Música has met with broad and determined opposition from unions and professionals. No less than five unions support the mobilization that will almost certainly prevent the celebration of what was to be the first concert of the aforementioned band in 2022. Next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.: the strike will begin that day at 6:00 p.m. and will conclude at 9:00 p.m. And a broad follow-up is expected, which will prevent the concert from being held.
But, what has made the musicians explode to cause the first strike of the Valencia music band in its history? According to the unions, Ribó’s intentions to transfer the aforementioned music band to the Palau de les Arts will mean, if it is carried out, de facto, the disappearance of the band, the loss of jobs and will seriously affect the rights of workers. Especially the interim. For this reason, the unions are willing to maintain the mobilizations and protests until the City Council definitively withdraws this initiative to transfer to the Palau de les Arts.
Both musicians and unions also feel supported by other outstanding professionals, music bands and orchestras who have offered their support from different parts of Spain. The same support that they do not find in the Government of Ribó.