Amalgamated Transit Union international president Larry Hanley expressed strong support for the Barcelona Metro workers’ strike at the Mobile World Congress after unanimously rejecting a proposed contract.

“I want to express the strong support of all of our members with striking Barcelona Metro workers at the Mobile World Congress,” says Hanley, who heads up the largest transit union in North America. “This attack on public transit and workers is happening across the world. It isn’t just about jobs it’s about protecting transit service that commuters, seniors and people with disabilities rely on each day.”

Hanley asserts the attempt by Barcelona Metropolitan Transport to make more Metro jobs temporary is representative of what workers are facing across the world.

“As fellow transit workers we recognize the struggle to fight these tactics,” Hanley said. “This strike sends a loud and clear message to the world business leaders gathered in Barcelona that working people will not stand silent and the ATU’s stands in solidarity with Barcelona Metro Workers in their fight.”