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Workers’ Strike during Barcelona Mobile Event

Workers from TMB, the main public operator for the metro and municipal buses in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, have announced plans to strike during Mobile World Congress, which will be held Feb. 27 through March 1.

Negotiations between the government and the unions continue in an effort to resolve the issues, GSMA said today, Feb. 25.

While the GSMA is hopeful that a strike can be averted prior to the start of Mobile World Congress, it is activating a contingency plan to ensure that attendees can safely travel to and from the Fira de Barcelona venue and can enter the facility as quickly as possible.

The contingency plan addresses several areas, including transportation, venue access, registration and security.

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Among other measures, GSMA is providing a limited fleet of hotel shuttle buses to augment public transportation and to transport attendees to and from the Fira de Barcelona via 15 collection points around the city.

Attendees will be able to access information on the shuttle bus routes and collection points from their hotels upon their arrival beginning today, 25th February.

The Barcelona government and police have assured the GSMA that Mobile World Congress will operate as usual and all participants will be able to arrive and depart the event safely and without disruption.

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The GSMA will make further information available to attendees on Sunday, Feb. 26 should the situation change dramatically, and it will keep attendees updated during Mobile World Congress to apprise them of any important information.

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, it works with nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations. It also produces events such as the Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Expo.

Photo courtesy: GSMA

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