Spanish airport strikes cancelled

17 Mar 2011 by BusinessTraveller

A planned strike by Spanish airport workers has been called off, after airport authority Aena reached a preliminary agreement with trade unions.

Some 12,500 airport staff had threatened to strike in protest again privatisation plans for some Spanish airports.

Had it gone ahead, a strike would have caused numerous flight cancellations and delays, with a total of 22 days of industrial action planned, starting in the run up to Easter.

A statement from Aena said a deal had been reached after around 20 hours of meetings that included the Spanish secretary of state for transport, Isaiah Táboas, and Aena president Juan Lema.

The agreement, valid until December 2018, includes provisions to protect the minimum numbers of staff employed by the airports, both under Aena and any that are in the future privately owned.

The cancellation of the strikes will be welcomed by Ryanair, which had called on the European Union to intervene.


Report by Sara Turner

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