Strikes to hit Spanish airports during peak summer holiday season

LAST UPDATED: 5 Feb, 2015 @ 21:29
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malaga-airport-departuresUNIONS are threatening a summer of strikes across Spain to protest against the partial privatisation of airports operator AENA.

No less that twenty-seven strikes are planned by the two unions, CCOO and USO, who represent approximately 70% percent of AENA’s 9,000 workers.

The ear-marked dates are:

• 11 February 2015 – from 10:00 – 13:00h
• 10 March 2015 – from 15:00 – 24:00h
• 19 March 2015 – from 00:00 – 24:00h
• 22 March 2015 – from 00:00 – 24:00h
• 1 April 2015 – from 15:00 – 24:00h
• 2 April 2015 – from 00:00 – 24:00h
• 5 April 2015 – from 00:00 – 24:00h
• 6 April 2015 – from 00:00 – 24:00h
• 30 April 2015 – from 15:00 – 24:00h
• 14 May 2015 – from 00:00 – 24:00h (Madrid)
• 17 May 2015 – from 00:00 – 24:00h (Madrid)
• 3 June 2015 – from 15:00 – 24:00h
• 4 June 2015 – from 00:00 – 24:00h
• 7 June 2015 – from 00:00 – 24:00h
• 30 June 2015 – from 00:00 – 24:00h
• 1 July 2015 – from 00:00 – 24:00h
• 2 July 2015 – from 00:00 – 24:00h
• 3 July 2015 – from 00:00 – 24:00h
• 4 July 2015 – from 00:00 – 24:00h
• 5 July 2015 – from 00:00 – 24:00h
• 15 July 2015 – from 00:00 – 24:00h
• 31 July 2015 – from 00:00 – 24:00h
• 1 August 2015 – from 00:00 – 24:00h
• 2 August 2015 – from 00:00 – 24:00h
• 14 August 2015 – from 00:00 – 24:00h
• 30 August 2015 – from 00:00 – 24:00h
• 31 August 2015 – from 00:00 – 24:00h

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

The Spanish government said last week it will retain a majority 51% stake in AENA and it would list 28% on the stock market. The remaining 21% would go to three private sector investors.

The company is valued at between 6.45 and 8.25 billion euros.

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  1. It might be interesting to know why the unions object so strongly to this sell-off. Could it mean such cost-cutting measures as redundancies, wage- cuts and reduced conditions for workers?
    It usually does. And yes, we will be caught too, (in the event a reasonable agreement can’t be reached).
    But us potential victims should be casting our net of blame a bit wider than just the unions.

  2. Publishing this list will mean that demand for flights on other days will rise substantially which means fares will increase. Supply and Demand. Just as Spain is starting to recover from the recession, another kick in the teeth for the Spanish economy. Many tourists will not take the risk of flight disruption and just go elsewhere and save money. Anyone for Turkey this year?

  3. I have spoken directly with Aena, the company mentioned in the article and the proposed strikes WILL NOT AFFECT FLIGHTS. The strikes will be in selected airports on those dates and will affect only the services inside the airport such as cleaning and other services provided by Aena. They will not affect baggage handling or flights or security etc. So no problem really other than maybe inconvenience.

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