MWC Transport Strike Still On

4:30 AM -- With nine days to go before more than 60,000 people arrive in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2012, the city's metro and bus staff are still planning to strike during the event. (See MWC Metro Mayhem: Taxi!)

The event's owner, the GSM Association (GSMA) , has just issued an update on the situation:

    The metro and bus workers from TMB, the main public transport operator in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, have announced plans to strike during Mobile World Congress which will be held 27th February through 1st March 2012.

    The GSMA has senior executives in Barcelona and they have been meeting regularly with government officials from the City of Barcelona, Catalonia Regional Government, Spanish Ministry of Industry, the Fira and the various police authorities since the strike was first announced. The GSMA has advised the government authorities that they should do everything to avert the strike and we have been assured that negotiations are ongoing in order to try and resolve the issues.

    In the event the parties do not reach agreement, comprehensive contingency plans are in place to ensure that all participants of the Mobile World Congress have unfettered access to and from the Fira during all days of the event. We will announce the details of those contingency plans as necessary should the strike take place. The GSMA remains confident that the issues will be resolved and that there will be little, if any, impact to the Mobile World Congress.

    Further, the Barcelona government has offered the GSMA its strong assurances that Mobile World Congress attendees will not be affected and all participants will be able to arrive and depart the event safely and without disruption.

If the strike goes ahead, I'll be interested to see how MWC attendees "will not be affected"…

And even though the GSMA is confident the "issues will be resolved," I'm still packing my sensible walking shoes

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

^Eagle^ 12/5/2012 | 5:42:13 PM
re: MWC Transport Strike Still On

this sure sounds fun.  transit strike uggh.

Wonder if they use union drivers for the shuttle buses from the hotels to the event.  


digits 12/5/2012 | 5:42:08 PM
re: MWC Transport Strike Still On

If there are shuttle buses (I have never seen them so far in Barcelona for MWC, probably because the metro system is so good and reliable and the roads are so busy) I'm sure there would be no shortage of people offering to drive with unemployment rates so high in Spain.

If the strike still goes ahead next week I expect Barcelona will be flooded with individuals offering themselves taxis to make a quick buck/euro -- but the personal security implications of that are horrendous... 

For more than just selfish reasons (I am staying in walking distance of the show but would rather get the metro to save myself 25 mins) I hope the strike is averted because otherwise, no matter what the GSMA or anyone else says, it will be chaos on the Costa del Mobile... 

joebraue 12/5/2012 | 5:41:23 PM
re: MWC Transport Strike Still On

Just got into to Barca at 7 a.m. and very surprised to see nobody on cab line. First time ever. Maybe everybody's at Church. Trains are running and locals are hoping that buses will too.

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