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Spain Union Strike ALert

Updated on 30 September 2019



The Situation:

Thousands of metal workers from various unions such as ELA, CCOO, LAB and UGT,

gathered in central Bilbao at 11:30 local time. Further demonstrations are likely while

strikes are planned through 4 October 2019.


Possible Effects:

  • Blocked roads due to protests

  • Increased traffic, especially near city centers and government buildings

  • Protests and demonstrations, which can attract unwanted attention

  • Limited transportation services, especially throughout major cities

  • Increased presence of security personnel, such as local police


Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Avoid all protests and large crowds, which have the possibility of turning violent

  • Allow extra time to travel

  • Prepare for disruptions caused by public transportation strikes and protests

  • Avoid traveling through city centers, instead utilizing bypasses

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

  • Enroll in the Safe Traveler program (STEP) to receive warnings from the U.S. Embassy or enroll in your preferred embassy alert system.


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