Air traffic controllers have ruled out striking in August (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). AENA have welcomed the decision of the USCA and announced that negotiations would resume today. The USCA, the majority union has decided, after more than three hours of meetings, not to exercise the right to strike during the month of August, as announced by the union's communications secretary, César Cabo. According to Cabo, the decision to abandon the strike in August was taken after petitions and demands were made by the tourism industry and airlines. USCA's president, Juan Lema, has described the outcome as positive and summoned them to a new meeting at 5pm, today. The talks include the Executive Committee, which consists of nine controllers, who made the decision, as well as three members of the board and other controllers who don't have the right to vote. Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero said he hoped that the drivers would be aware that "the hypothetical strike creates uncertainty and produces only negative effects" and that he believed it was "not a constructive attitude."
Bicing failed to renew its computer system after 16 hours of attempts (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). The new software system was abandoned after it increased delays in delivering bikes. Technicians from the company Clear Channel, the licensee of the service, could not successfully execute the installation after 16 hours of trying to replace the old system with a new one. The setback was due to the new programme creating increased delays in trying to get bikes and it was this error that was responsible for the decision to return to the previous system. The suspension of the service had been announced with stickers at most of the bike pick up stations and by emails. It had originally meant to be out of service from 5am until noon. However, technical problems meant that the suspension was extended for several hours until returning to normal at 4.30pm. Service managers said that despite the setback in the process yesterday, they would be definitely change the operating system but have not decided the date on which it will make another attempt. Errors with connection to servers, failure to properly recognise cards or difficulties in the delivery of the bikes are all common problems attributed to the current computer system.
The Prime Minister has rejected the US's complaints about the use of Catalan (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). PM, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero "disagrees" with the report by the Human Rights Department of the United States. The report collected complaints and warned about the alleged violation of citizens' right over linguistic normalistation of Catalan in Catalonia and the Balerarics. In response, Zapatero has been moved to create a "comprehensive report" with "clarification about the natural balance of two co-official language" in Spain. Speaking in a press conference in Palma, in response to questions about alleged problems, said "We have organised ourselves in recent decades reasonably well and any other angle is out of focus on what we have actually experienced." Zapatero explained that there were no linguistic conflicts and in communities with two official languages there is no social unrest. "I have always had the perception that the linguistic coexistence, for the vast majority works well and without major problems."
Also in the news: Seven Spanish tourists remain unaccounted for in the Indian floods (read full article in Castilian here, El Pais).