There have been early morning scuffles in the Spanish capital, as striking workers try to stop buses leaving a depot.
Trade unions have called for a general strike today against the government’s austerity measures, the first general strike in eight years.
Julio Novillo, head of the CCOO union, is at the scene of the scuffles. He said: “We are trying to delay the start of the minimum services as much as possible, because minimum services were imposed by the local Madrid government, sabotaging the workers’ right to strike. So we are delaying departures as much as possible.”
Madrid metro officials say they believe 50 percent of services will run in peak hours, while aviation officials say 20 to 40 percent of international flights would go ahead.