Minimum services for the women’s strike on 8 March

The strike action called to coincide with International Women’s Day on 8 March means the Ministry of Labour at the Government of Catalonia and Barcelona City Council have decreed minimum services to ensure essential services operate in the city.

07/03/2019 12:30 h

Mireia Alonso

Given the feminist strike, no institutional or public ceremonies will be held by Barcelona City Council on 8 March. People are expected to start gathering for the demonstration at 5 pm, with the march setting off from the junction between Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes and C/ Calàbria at 6 pm. The end of the demonstration and the start of the speeches are expected at 8 pm in Pl. Catalunya.

Public transport

In line with minimum services decreed by the Ministry of Labour at the Government of Catalonia, 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.
  • Transport services for people with reduced mobility to get to infant and primary schools and who have no public transport alternative will operate normally.


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

At primary schools (3 to 12 years old), there will be a minimum of one teacher for every six classrooms. At special education centres (3 to 16 years old) the ratio should be at least one teacher for every four classrooms. During lunch breaks and complementary activities there should be at least a third of personnel.

At all public or private non-university education centres and at nursery schools there must be at least one member of management staff.


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.


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