27 Nov, 2023 @ 16:52
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Spain’s UGT union calls airport strike for key December vacation days

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ONE OF Spain’s main labour unions, UGT, has called a strike for airport handling staff during key December vacation days, threatening the travel plans of thousands.

The stoppage is planned for all 46 airports in Spain for Tuesday December 5 and Sunday December 10, and could end up affecting anyone who is hoping to fly that week and take advantage of two bank holidays.

December 6 is Constitution Day in Spain, while December 8 is the Day of the Immaculate Conception. Both are national holidays, and the fact that they fall on a Wednesday and Friday will encourage many people in Spain to take much or all of the week off, something known in Spanish as a puente, or bridge.

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UGT announced that it was calling a stoppage among the 60,000 handling staff in Spain to protest against state airports operator Aena’s failure to observe the collective agreement for the sector. 

Airport handling staff are responsible for ground operations such as checking passengers’ baggage, cleaning or repairing aircraft and loading and unloading cargo.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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