Strike prompts hundreds of train cancellations in Spain

Spanish national rail operator Renfe has canceled hundreds of trains on one of the busiest travel days of the year due to a strike over staffing levels.

The company said more than 700 scheduled services wouldn’t operate Wednesday, a day when many people were heading off on their summer vacation.

This will disrupt scores of summer travellers as the most Spaniards take their summer breaks in August.

The Spanish General Workers’ Federation also plans walkouts on three other heavy vacation traffic days — Aug. 14 and 31, and Sept. 1.

The government stipulated that a minimum number of services must run on each day of the strikes.

The workers’ federation argues that a shortage of staff is leading to overwork and lower service quality. It says some 14,000 people work for state-owned Renfe.

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