Minimum services for the general strike on 21 February

Public services may be affected by the 24-hour general strike called for tomorrow, 21 February, across Catalonia. The Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Families at the Government of Catalonia and Barcelona City Council have set out minimum services so that essential services in the city continue to function.

20/02/2019 15:15 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

Public transport

In line with minimum services decreed by the ministry, the various public transport operators in the city will be running at least the following services:

  • Rodalies and Regionals de Catalunya trains: 33% of services throughout the day.
  • Metro and buses operated by Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), Tram and FGC train services: 50% of services during rush hour (6.30 am to 9.30 am and 5 pm to 8 pm) and 25% at other times.
  • Other urban and inter-urban transport: 50% of regular services.


The ministry has decreed that municipal nursery schools must be staffed by at least a third of personnel.

At primary schools (ages 3 to 12) there must be a minimum of one teacher for every six classrooms. At special education centres (ages 3 to 16) the minimum ratio must be one teacher for every four classrooms. During lunch hours and complementary activities there must be at least a third of usual staffing levels.

At least one person from the management must be present at all non-university teaching centres and nursery schools, whether public or private.


Emergency services and special units will be operating normally, and essential treatment and surgery must be guaranteed. The decreed service levels also mean that emergency phone services must meet minimum service levels of 85%.

Out-patient centres must offer a minimum staffing level of 25% to guarantee emergencies are covered during regular hours.

See the website of the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Families at the Government of Catalonia for the rest of minimum services.