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Madrid misery as metro strike threatens major festival

05/01/13 14:35 CET

Madrid grinds to a halt for a second day as the city’s public transport workers continue their industrial action.

Cuts in salaries, despite ticket price hikes, and the scrapping of the traditional Christmas bonus led to the strike.

One metro user said he understands why the workers have downed tools:

“I expect it will be difficult to get around, I am ready for it, but it is necessary for the workers to make their demands. So I understand and I will wait.”

Its a big weekend in Spain as the country celebrates the festival of the Three Kings and many of the citiy’s major roads are closed.

The strike will hit revellers hard as tens of thousands head for the city centre for the festivities, which includes a major parade.

Spain’s regions are under severe financial pressure and Madrid’s Regional President Ignacio Gonzalez says cuts and sell-offs are the only way to keep the economy afloat in times of deep recession.

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