Five of Spain’s busiest airports to be hit by September baggage handlers’ strikes

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UNIONS representing airport staff in Spain have called numerous days of strike action in September, hitting Malaga, Alicante, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona and Madrid’s Barajas airports. 

Baggage handlers employed by Menzies Aviation Iberica say they are angry that the company has postponed talks on their pay agreement, which has been in negotiation for a year and a half. 

EasyJet and Vueling are the two airlines using the company’s services likely to be worst affected by the action. 

The unions are planning to strike on different days at each of the airports. 

In Malaga, workers will be out on eight days with potential for travel chaos: on September 5, 12, 19 and 26, between 8am and 12noon, and 6pm to 9pm, then on September 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 8am to 11am, and 8pm to 11pm.

Alicante and Palma airports will also see eight days of strike action: September 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30, from 10am to 2pm and 4pm to 8pm.

The CCOO, UGT and USO unions are bringing workers out at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport on four days – September 4, 11, 18 and 25 – early in the morning from 4.30am to 7.30am and 7.30pm to 9.30pm. 

And at Barcelona-El Prat, eight days are affected: 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28, between the hours of 10am and 12noon, and 6pm to 8pm.


  1. Maybe they should sack them all and then employ everyone with contracts that do not pay as much, I think that might be a good solution as there are plenty of people out there who would do the same work for a lot less… and probably treat other peoples property with a bit more respect!

  2. I flew to Alicante on September 9th and returned on September 16th.. There was no strike and when I asked at the airport on arrival on the 9th surprise was expressed at the possibility of a strike being mentioned in the press as they were unaware of the prospect of a strike at the airport.


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