Tuesday, 28 September 2010

How will tomorrow's GENERAL STRIKE affect you? (2)

FROM CAMPOPULSE Further to our previous item on the subject, we have spent the morning finding out what to expect at a local level. After many phone calls around the Campo we have come to the conclusion that at least minimum services will be on duty just about everywhere, as is the law. In our previous item we generalised about such items as transport, etc. This time, we've broken down expectations into the services themselves:
  • Schools: The teachers' unions tendto be fairly militant, especially at the Instituto level, but schools, colleges and university campuses are all open. Individual scheduled classes may be affected.
  • Ayuntamientos (Town Halls): They are all open but we were unable to establish how militant they all are. In any case, remember that the government measures against which is the strike, includes pay freezes for all public employees (civil servants). Leave whatever it is until Thursday.>

  • Rubbish collection: Only hospitals, schools, town halls, pensioners' centres and such will have their rubbish collected tomorrow. Put out your home/office garbage out into the bins tomorrow evening, orearly Thursday morning.
  • Hospitals & Health Centres: They are all open, but many will be operating at a minimum level. If you have a doctor's appointment, it might be an idea to re-schedule today, or call your centre very early for more info in the morning.
  • Post Offices (Correos): All open. The regional office is not expectinggreat impact, but has minimum covergae just in case. Your post could be delayed by a day or two, depending on where it is located tomorrow.
  • Shops, bars & restaurants: They're all open and expecting good business.
  • Deliveries: Many wholesale delivery systems will not risk their vehicles, so most have opted for delivering today and/or Thursday. This includes courier services.
What to look out for
Although officially pickets are there to hand out information about the reasons for the strike, these can get pretty rowdy and intimidating. If you don't have enough Spanish to understand, it can get fairly heated without you knowing why. Suggestion: avoid the pickets as well as you can.

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