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Strikes may hit Spanish airports this month

Workers at 46 airports across Spain have voted for a general strike beginning in September to protest low pay and poor working conditions.

Despite the first two days of September strikes (15 and 17 September) being postponed at the request of the Spanish government, threats of ongoing industrial action loom, Euro Weekly News has reported.


Workers' representatives in the Aena airport group have threatened 25 days of 24-hour strikes across the entire Aena airport and heliport network on the following dates:


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


Aena claims it is too early to predict whether the walk outs will happen, telling Condé Nast Traveler (CNT) who asked if contingency plans were in place, “The strike is only announced, it is not called yet”.


Iberia too has expressed optimism that ongoing talks between the government’s Infrastructure Ministry and the unions would head off the strike. 


A report in CNT suggests the increase in industrial action at airports may be linked to the fact that often workers don’t work directly for the airlines or the airports, “which usually contract out these services to companies that have a strong incentive to offer the lowest bid—and thus hold down wages.”


“While the airlines have been making record profits…the airport workers who make these profits possible are struggling to survive,”  a union representing New York workers told CNT.

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Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 4 September 2017

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