Summer strikes threat at Spanish airports

LAST UPDATED: 1 May, 2011 @ 22:49
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Summer strikes threat at Spanish airports

UNIONS are threatening a summer of strikes to protest against the partial privatisation of airports operator AENA.

No less that twenty-two strikes are planned between April 20 and end of August.

The ear-marked dates are:

  • April 20, 21, 24, 25 and 30
  • May 2, 14, 15, 19 and 20
  • June 13, 23 and 30
  • July 1, 2, 3, 4, 15 and 31
  • August 1, 15 and 31

This would be a huge blow to hotels, airlines, car rental companies and the services sector, who now fear a ‘black summer’.

Unions claim that they have tried to negotiate with AENA and that they have not received a reply.

Minutes after the announcement, the president of AENA, Juan Motto,  tried to calm tempers and announced a meeting with the UGT, Comisiones Obreras and USO unions next Thursday.

He said, “We are ready to talk to reach an agreement, which would have to be quick, because a strike at that time could adversely affect the economic interests of Spain.”

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