The latest on Spain’s planned airport strikes

LAST UPDATED: 31 Aug, 2017 @ 15:01
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SPAIN’S airport unions have decided to postpone the 25 one-day strikes they programmed for September 15 and onwards.

The unions had asked for an 8% pay rise, as well as the hiring of around 700 people by Aena and Enaire.

The decision to put the strikes on hold came after a meeting with Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Julio Gomez-Pomar.

“The Secretary of State has promised support and he accepts our point of view, so it is reasonable for us to wait,” said Raul Gomez of the General Workers Union (UGT), while Paco Casado of the union Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) explained that ‘after the meeting, we have made a favorable valuation and decided to give them more time.’

The unions will now hold a meeting with Aena and Enaire on September 7, although a breakdown in those talks would see the strikes reconvened with the first day of industrial action programmed for September 22.

Should this happen, workers in nearly all sectors of Spain’s airports would go on strike, including firemen, baggage handlers, electricians, security and information, airport shops, and even car park staff.

The dates in question are as follows: 

September: 15, 17, 22, 24 and 29

October; 1, 6, 11, 15, 27, 30 and 31

November: 3 and 5

December: 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30

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