Madrid Metro strikes to hit local fiestas and King’s Cup final

Train drivers demanding pay-rise deal be honored

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Madrid's Metro workers have started to stage partial strikes this week, the first coinciding with the local festivity of San Isidro on Wednesday and the second on the same day as the King's Cup soccer final, which will be played by Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid at the city’s Santiago Bernabéu stadium on Friday.

The Metro de Madrid drivers' union is demanding 16.5 million euros it calculates its members are owed because management failed to pay them their negotiated salary increases.

Trains will run at 39 percent of regular frequency on Wednesday between 11am and 4pm, and at 52 percent on Friday between 7pm and 9pm.

However, labor union sources said that subway lines that run close to the Bernabéu will have more trains.

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