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Students and the independentist union force a strike that did not occur

 Eduardo Magallón, Barcelona
10/19/2019 01:28

The summoners say that the strike was the “greatest in history.”

While the social mobilization in Catalonia yesterday was a success of participation, the general strike had little follow-up in a good part of the sectors, according to the data provided by the Administration itself. The people legally attached to the general strike with a one-day salary discount were only a majority in the university where they stopped 90%, according to Treball. In other areas such as industry and transport, monitoring was low. In Renfe, for example, only 0.94% of workers seconded unemployment according to Treball.

The mobility collapse generated around Barcelona and other major cities was one of the elements that facilitated the strike having more impact. The most extreme case was Seat where production ceased but hardly any striking workers declared themselves. Another element that influenced the strike in the words of the Minister of Treball, Chakir el Homrani, were the pacts that occurred within the companies.

The Homrani said yesterday that the current general strikes cannot be looked at as it was before and says that in unemployments like yesterday’s “diverse situations” are reflected as workers taking vacations or a day of leave instead of losing the payday . These workers do not count for social security purposes as strikers. There were also companies that allowed telecommuting. That would partly explain the drop in passenger transport (50% less in the Barcelona metro) or the decrease in electricity consumption that stood between 4.5% and 10%, depending on how it is calculated.

The Intersindical-CSC and IAC organizers called the day a “resounding success” with a “follow-up above the historic 3-O strike” of 2017. The Intersindical-CSC said it was “the biggest general strike in the history of Catalonia. ” Among officials (other than education and health) the follow-up was 35%, far from 3-O when it was almost unanimous since they were not deducted from the salary.

Power consumption

The fall is 5% compared to 18% of the 2012 strike

Electricity consumption is often used as an indicator of economic activity in a strike. According to Red Eléctrica, the drop in consumption yesterday was 5% compared to what was expected, while on October 3, 2017 in the country strike the drop was 10.5% and in the 2012 state general strike it was 18% in Catalunya The Government estimated the decrease compared to Thursday between 7.5% and 10.1%.


Strike is only total in the university

Official data shows that strike was massive in universities (90%) while in the rest it was lower: 43% in the public sector, 33% in the concerted and 25% in the private. On the other hand, the influx of students to the classrooms was very low. Even so, the follow-up was much higher than the last sector strike in May, which was 11%.


Seat stopped but hardly anyone went on strike

Only Seat paralyzed its activity on the assembly line from Thursday and until yesterday for fear that workers and components would not arrive. According to Foment, “the data received from the companies the monitoring has been insignificant.” The employer of SMEs Pimec calculates the follow-up of the workers was 4.2% and another 71% made specific agreed stops. The level of incidence in SMEs is 40%. Terrassa Cecot’s employer estimates that 54.9% of the companies in its area have closed and 70.5% of employees have not worked by agreement with the company or strike.


Between 5% and 20% compared to 75% of 3-O of 2017

The follow-up of the strike in health was significantly lower than that registered in the country strike on October 3, 2017. While that day, the Department of Treball estimated the follow-up at 75%, yesterday it was 20% in the public sector , 19.9% ​​in the concerted and 5.4% in the private.

Fewer travelers but few strikers

The figures are very different since while in Renfe the follow-up was less than 1% according to Treball and 3.8% according to the Ministry of Interior in the subway reached 36% as shown in the graph. In the port of Barcelona, ​​the follow-up was 21%.


El Prat cancels 59 flights and 979 are operated

At the El Prat airport, only 58 flights were canceled, which were essentially the ones planned in the previous day. 979 aircraft movements were recorded at the airfield.


High in SMEs according to Pimec and minimum in large

In Mercabarna they opened between 40% and 90% of the companies. Pimec said that unemployment in commerce was between 50% and 90%. According to the employer, the follow-up was superior to that of other calls for work stoppages in the country in Catalonia. Instead, the employer Foment said that “the vast majority” of the large stores and supermarkets opened their doors.

Hotels and restoration

The incidence was low in most of the territory

Most establishments opened normally, such as those in the city of Barcelona. For Foment, the follow-up was minimal.

Unemployment was low especially in banking

Although no data were offered, sources from credit institutions said the follow-up was low: less than 10%. As for the offices, few closed.



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