The GSMA has assured attendees of this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) that it has contingency measures in place should a planned transport strike go ahead during the fair.
Metro and bus workers from TMB, the main transport operator in Barcelona, have said they will embark on strike action from 27 February until 1 March. Senior executives from GSMA have been meeting regularly with government officials, police and representatives from Fira Montjuïc, the MWC's venue, since the strike was first announced. A GSMA spokesman said: 'The GSMA has advised the government authorities that they should do everything to avert the strike and we have been assured that negotiations are ongoing in order to try and resolve the issues.'
If the strike does go ahead, the spokesman said 'comprehensive contingency plans' are in place to minimise disruption. Details of the plans will be announced should the strike go ahead. He added: 'The GSMA remains confident that the issues will be resolved and that there will be little, if any, impact to the Mobile World Congress.
'Further, the Barcelona government has offered the GSMA its strong assurances that Mobile World Congress attendees will not be affected and all participants will be able to arrive and depart the event safely and without disruption.'