Transportation Strike in Barcelona Could Hurt Mobile World Congress 2012

By Lindsay Welnick Comments

The world's largest mobile-phone trade show could be in for trouble.

The union representing workers from the Barcelona metro and bus systems voted to strike from Feb. 27 to Mar. 1, which includes the time MWC is in town, according to El Periodico.

The strike, which represents opposition to a wage freeze and is designed to disrupt the trade show. The strike is set to begin on the event's first day, where workers will gather in the plaza in front of the trade-show venue, the report said.

The strike will severely hinder public transportation, which is essential to the trade show's success.

"The GSMA understands that this could present a significant concern for attendees of Mobile World Congress," GSMA said on its website. "We are currently working with authorities from the city of Barcelona and the region of Catalonia to assess this situation and to develop contingency plans to address this issue. We will provide additional information as it becomes available."

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